IOC Opens Disciplinary Procedure In Relation To Jerome Young's Issue
Following the disclosure last Thursday by the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) of the identity of the athlete who had tested positive for a banned substance but was allowed to compete in track and field at the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) has been working to find a way to move the issue forward and find the reasons for Jerome Young's exoneration. As a result, the IOC Executive Board, who met by conference call, has decided the following: -
- the opening of a disciplinary procedure pursuant to Rule 25 of the Olympic Charter is hereby ordered in relation to all circumstances and facts relating to the entry and participation of the athlete, Jerome Young, in the Games of the XXVII Olympiad in Sydney 2000, including all possible consequences thereto attached for all concerned parties;
- the IOC Executive Board appoints a disciplinary commission composed of two of its members, IOC Vice-President, Thomas Bach and IOC Executive Board member, Denis Oswald (hereafter “the disciplinary commission”), in order to conduct such procedure on behalf of the IOC Executive Board. They shall be assisted by IOC Director General, François Carrard as secretary;
- the disciplinary commission shall have all necessary authority to conduct the disciplinary procedure, including the right to ask for disclosure of any and all documents, for the hearing of witnesses and experts if necessary. The disciplinary commission will submit progress and final reports to the IOC Executive Board with its recommendations, as to its course of action, including possible measures and sanctions, to be taken by the IOC Executive Board;
- the contents of this decision shall be notified to the IAAF and the USOC.