United States runner Crystal Cox is stripped of her 2004 gold medal.
LONDON- Players View has learned that the IOC has stripped United States runner Crystal Cox of the gold medal that she won as a member of the 1,600-meter relay team at the 2004 Athens Olympics.
According to the Mercury News, The IOC executive committee’s decision is not shocking as Cox admitted two years ago that she was illegally doping between the years of 2001-2004.
In January 2010, Cox signed off on a confession that generated a four-year suspension and the disqualification of her results before and after Nov. 3, 2001.
The IOC is stating that its up to track and field’s governing body to determine the fate of the rest of the relay team that could in fact be stripped of their medals as well.
Cox did not run in the final of the 1,600 yet she did run in the second heat.
The actions of one can often sink the fate of others and if it can be proven that Cox doped after March 1st of 2004, the likelihood of the entire team being stripped is fairly high.
“Should the IAAF determine that [Cox] committed an anti-doping rule violation on or after March 1, 2004, it is up to the IAAF to interpret its rules as to whether the disqualification of the athlete would have any effect on the results of the US Relay Team,” the committee said in a release.
Cox was not the only target for discipline on Saturday. The U.S.’s gold medal in the men’s 1,600-meter relay from the 2000 Sydney Olympics was stripped thanks to Antonio Pettigrew’s participation in the BALCO doping scandal.
Nigeria now owns the gold while Jamaica is bumped to silver and the Bahamas moves on to the medal’s podium with a bronze medal.