Final decisions on how to redistribute Jones' medals could take months


LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- The IOC has decided to postpone the
reallocation of the five Olympic medals returned by Marion Jones
following her admission that she began doping before the 2000
Sydney Games.

The International Olympic Committee had been expected to rule on
the medal changes during its three-day executive board meeting that
started Monday.

But board member Denis Oswald said the IOC wants more
information from the BALCO steroid investigation before deciding
whether to upgrade Greek sprinter Katerina Thanou to Jones' gold in
the women's 100 meters.

Oswald said the IOC also would afford hearings to Jones'
American relay teammates before deciding whether to strip them of
their Sydney medals.

"We don't want to do it piece by piece," he said. "We want to
wait until we have full information."

The IOC executive board is still expected to formally strip
Jones of her medals on Wednesday. However, final decisions on how
to readjust those medals will probably take months, Oswald said.

Thanou and fellow Greek runner Kostas Kenteris failed to show
for drug tests on the eve of the 2004 Athens Games, claiming they
were injured in a motorcycle accident and eventually pulled out.
They were later banned for two years.

Oswald, a Swiss lawyer, sits on the three-member IOC
disciplinary commission investigating the Jones and BALCO case.

Jones won gold medals in the 100, 200 and 1,600-meter relay in
Sydney, and bronze medals in the long jump and 400-meter relay.
After years of denying drug use, she acknowledged in court in
October that she started doping before the Sydney Olympics. She has
returned her medals.

Last month, the International Association of Athletics
Federations erased all of Jones' results dating to September 2000
and recommended that her relay teammates also be disqualified and
lose their medals.