Here’s some breaking news on Tim Montgomery from Reuters:
The Lausanne-based Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) said its three-man panel unanimously accepted evidence presented by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that Montgomery had taken banned substances provided by BALCO.altMontgomery, 30, the estranged partner of triple Olympic champion Marion Jones, is the highest-profile track and field athlete to be banned as a result of the BALCO scandal.Chryste Gaines, a member of the U.S. women’s 4×100 metres gold medal-winning team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, was also banned for two years. Both suspensions start from June 6 this year, the opening day of the CAS hearings.The bans are the result of a new USADA rule which allow doping suspensions even if there is no positive test.Three other U.S. sprinters — double world sprint champion Kelli White, Alvin Harrison and Michelle Collins — have already been suspended for so-called non-analytical positives.CAS also ruled that all Montgomery’s results from March 31, 2001, the date from which he admitted taking drugs, should be annulled and his earnings confiscated.altMontgomery won $100,000 alone for finishing as the overall grand prix champion after he set his then world record of 9.78 seconds at the 2002 Paris grand prix final.DOPING CONSPIRACYIn its introduction to the report, CAS said USADA had sought a four-year ban for Montgomery for taking part in a world-wide doping conspiracy initiated by BALCO. The standard ban for serious doping offences by first time offenders is two years.
“According to USADA, BALCO was involved in a conspiracy, the purpose of which was the distribution and use of doping substances and techniques that were either undetectable or difficult to detect in routine drug testing.
“BALCO is alleged to have distributed several types of doping agents to professional athletes in track and field, baseball and football.
“Among these were tetrahydrogestrinone (THG), otherwise known as ‘the clear’ that could not be identified by routine anti-doping testing until 2003.”
altBALCO head Victor Conte was sentenced to four months in prison in October after pleading guilty to distributing steroids.
CAS said Montgomery had told White at an international meeting in Portugal in March 2001 that he was using THG.
“According to Ms White there was not the slightest doubt as to the substance about which she and Mr Montgomery were speaking,” it said.
“Having seen Ms White and heard her testimony…the members of the panel do not doubt the veracity of her evidence.”
White was suspended for two years last year after admitting using banned drugs, including THG and the blood booster EPO (erythropoietin). She expressed remorse and promised to co-operate with USADA to help clean up her sport.
The CAS statement on Gaines said she had also told White that she was using THG.
altMontgomery, who has denied ever taking drugs, did not give evidence before the panel.
International Association of Athletics Federations spokesman Nick Davies said the decision was final and binding on all parties.
“There can be no appeal,” he said. “We will now examine all the results from the relevant period.”