Olympics Open Marion Jones Drug Probe
International Olympic Committee is investigating whether gold medalist took performance-enhancing drugs
The International Olympic Committee announced Tuesday that it is investigating the doping charges leveled against Olympian Marion Jones.
IOC president Jacques Rogge set up a commission to look into the claims made by Victor Conte, head of a California-based lab accused of illegally distributing steroids. The investigation has already sparked a scandal within Major League baseball, after New York Yankees star Jason Giambi admitted taking steroids, and San Francisco Giants slugger Barry Bonds testified that he used a clear substance and a cream, but did not realize at the time they contained steroids.
Conte has claimed that he gave performance-enhancing drugs to Jones before and after the 2000 Sydney Olympics, and was present when she injected herself with human growth hormone.
“The allegations made by Mr. Conte are extremely serious and the IOC is fully committed to bringing to light any elements that will help the truth prevail,” the IOC said in a statement released Tuesday.
Jones, who won three gold and two bronze track and field medals in the Sydney Games, could potentially be stripped of her five medals if wrongdoing is discovered, the Associated Press reports. However, last week, Rogge said it was too early to speculate about revoking the medals.
“I hope the truth will emerge,” he told AP. “We want the truth. We want to know what happened and the more we know, the better.”
Jones has publicly denied using banned drugs, and has threatened to sue Conte for defamation.