PARIS -- Jerome Young reportedly tested positive for the
banned drug EPO at a meet last month, which would be the second
flunked test for a sprinter who might cost the U.S. relay team its
gold medal from the Sydney Olympics.
Young would face a lifetime ban if he is found guilty.
The French sports daily L'Equipe reported Sunday that Young's
sample from a July 23 meet in Saint Denis contained traces of the
endurance-boosting drug. L'Equipe, which based its report on
anonymous sources, said a laboratory is analyzing a second sample.
Istvan Gyulai, secretary general of the International
Association of Athletics Federations, said he could not confirm the
report, but he added: "If everything is correct and this is a
doping offense, it is very clearly a life suspension."
Young's attorney, Stephen Chien, did not return a phone call for
Young, the 400-meter world champion, did not qualify for the
He tested positive for the steroid nandrolone in 1999 and was
stripped of his gold medal from the 1,600-meter relay team, which
included Michael Johnson. The IAAF recommended last month that the
entire team be penalized because Young should have been ineligible.
The International Olympic Committee on Saturday delayed a final
ruling on the rest of the relay team's medals, pending appeals.
Young would be the first sprinter to test positive for EPO,
which is popular with endurance runners and cyclists. Tests for EPO
were introduced at the 2000 Sydney Games. Sprinter Kelli White
admitted she used EPO and other performance-enhancing drugs earlier
this year when she accepted a two-year ban for doping.