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Ruling: Young should have been banned

LONDON, June 29 (UPI) -- The Court of Arbitration for Sport announced Tuesday that Jerome Young should have been banned from the 2000 Olympics.

Young is the current world 400-meter champion. The CAS said Young tested positive for the ababolic steroid nandrolone in 1999 and thus should not have been allowed to compete in Sydney.

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A suspension should have been handed down from June 26, 1999 to June 25, 2001, the CAS said.

Instead, Young was cleared by the American governing body USA Track and Field and competed in Sydney, where he won a gold medal as a member of the 4x400-meter relay team.

After the CAS decision was announced, USATF issued this statement:

"Proceedings in the Young case began with USATF prosecuting Young and achieving a conviction before a USATF Hearing Board.

"An appellate panel then exonerated Mr. Young. CAS now has found him guilty of a doping violation, reinstating the original conclusion of USATF's Doping Hearing Board."

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