Jones not invited to Berlin meet because of past coach

Updated: August 3, 2006, 3:24 PM ET
Associated Press

Graham athletes suspended or
investigated in doping scandals
Justin Gatlin: Said he tested positive for testosterone after a relay race in Kansas in April. If found guilty, he faces a lifetime ban for a second offense. In college, he tested positive for a banned substance contained in medication for attention deficit disorder. His original two-year ban was reduced by the IAAF.
Marion Jones: Ex-husband and banned shot-putter C.J. Hunter and BALCO founder Victor Conte have both alleged she used performance-enhancing substances. She has never tested positive and firmly denied all accusations but has been under scrutiny in BALCO probe. Tim Montgomery: He was charged by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency in the BALCO scandal despite never failing a test. He received a two-year ban, was stripped of his world record and retired.
Dennis Mitchell: In 1998, he was banned for two years after testing positive for elevated levels of testosterone.
C.J. Hunter: Hunter, the ex-husband of Marion Jones, failed four tests for the steroid nandrolone in 2000 and missed the Sydney Olympics. He retired and was suspended for two years in 2001.
Jerome Young: Young won gold with the 4x400 U.S. relay team at the 2000 Sydney Olympics. He was stripped of his medal after it was revealed he tested positive for nandrolone in 1999. Young, the world 400 champion in 2003, was banned for life in 2004 after testing positive for EPO.
Alvin Harrison: Though he never failed a test, he accepted a four-year ban in October 2004 after admitting using EPO, among other performance-enhancing drugs, in the BALCO scandal.
Calvin Harrison: Twin brother of Alvin, he was suspended for two years in August 2004 after his second doping violation. He was found guilty of using the stimulant modafinil at the U.S. championships in June 2003. He also tested positive for the stimulant pseudoephedrine at the 1993 U.S. junior indoors and served a three-month ban.
Michelle Collins: She testified before the BALCO grand jury and her eight-year ban was reduced to four. USADA charged her with doping -- including use of the steroid THG and EPO -- based on patterns observed in her blood and urine tests, and she was stripped of her titles.
Patrick Jarrett: The Jamaican sprinter, the only man to beat Maurice Greene in 2001, was banned for two years in 2001 after testing positive for steroid stanozolol at his national trials.
-- The Associated Press
BERLIN -- Marion Jones will not be invited to the final Golden League meet in Berlin in September because of her past links with coach Trevor Graham.

The American sprinter and other athletes linked to Graham will be barred from the Sept. 3 meet in Berlin, chief organizer Gerhard Janetzky said Thursday.

Graham is the coach of Olympic and world 100-meter champion Justin Gatlin, who faces a lifetime ban after failing a drug test in April. Several other athletes coached by Graham have been suspended for doping.

Jones is no longer coached by Graham, and works with Steven Reddick. The five-time Olympic medalist has been dogged by doping allegations but has never failed a test and denies using performance-enhancing drugs.

But Janetzky said she "belonged to the circle of suspected even if nothing has been proven."

All Golden League meets should adopt a "common line," Janetzky said.

The Golden League is a six-meet circuit of European meets that offers winners a jackpot of $1 million.The Berlin meet plans to broaden doping controls and include blood tests, Janetzsky said.

Olympic 200-meter champion Shawn Crawford and sprinter Dwight Thomas are among Graham's athletes excluded from Berlin.

Jones has made a successful comeback this year after childbirth, injury and the doping controversy, winning the 100 meters at the Golden League meet in Paris and finishing second in Rome. She is scheduled to race Aug. 18 at the Golden League meet in Zurich, Switzerland.

At least six athletes who trained under Graham have received doping suspensions. Graham has denied direct knowledge or involvement with drug use.

Angel Guillermo Heredia, who said he worked with Graham, told a San Francisco grand jury and investigators that he supplied performance-enhancing drugs to the coach and many of his athletes, including Jones, C.J. Hunter, Tim Montgomery and Michelle Collins, the New York Times reported last month.


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