IOC to speed up Jones medals case: Rogge

BERLIN: The redistribution of the 2000 Olympics 4x100 metres relay bronze medal of disgraced former athletics pin-up girl Marion Jones will be speeded up, International Olympic Committee (IOC) president Jacques Rogge promised on Friday.

Jones was only stripped of her three gold medals and two bronzes in December 2007 when she admitted she had been taking banned substances at the Olympics in Sydney.

Rogge admitted that nine years on it was getting to be a lengthy process, but he explained that the reason it had not been resolved sooner was because of two factors.

"Firstly the 4x100m relay case is still a court case, with the other members of the team appealing to CAS (Court of Arbitration for Sport) to keep their medals," said Rogge.

"Secondly the IOC Disciplinary Commission and the IOC Executive Board have agreed to regroup all the aspects of the Marion Jones and BALCO (the California-based laboratory who provided Jones with the products) case and require elements from the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

"We have decided this morning we are going to speed up this process as soon as possible.

"We expect that by October we will have some news."

Jones, whose then husband, shot putter CJ Hunter, was exposed as a drugs cheat at the Sydney Olympics, was widely seen as the strongest selling point for athletics at the time and was going for an unprecedented five golds in Sydney and garnered three in the 100m, 200m and 4x400m and then two bronzes in the long jump and the 4x100m relay.

However her fall from grace was completed after her doping confession was followed by a six-month prison sentence for misleading investigators over a bank fraud by her next partner, former 100m world recordholder Tim Montgomery, who himself had been dragged into the BALCO case.

She has subsequently married Barbados former star sprinter Obadele Thompson, with whom she has had a child. She also has one child from her relationship with Montgomery.