All parties agreed to delay November hearings

Updated: November 16, 2004, 10:34 AM ET
Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- Hearings in the doping cases of American sprinters Tim Montgomery and Chryste Gaines have been delayed until the middle of next year, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Tuesday.

The sports world's highest court said Montgomery's hearing will start June 6 in San Francisco and Gaines' case will begin July 10 in New York. The hearings had been set to begin in early November, but were postponed at the request of all parties.

Montgomery, world record holder in the 100 meters, and Gaines have been charged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and face lifetime bans if found guilty.

Neither tested positive for drugs, but each was charged based on evidence gathered in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative case.

Two BALCO executives, as well as a track coach and the personal trainer of baseball star Barry Bonds have been charged with distributing steroids to dozens of top athletes. They all have pleaded not guilty and await trial.

CAS secretary-general Matthieu Reeb said each case is likely to last three or four days. CAS rulings are final, with no opportunity for appeal.


Copyright 2004 by The Associated Press

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