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Wednesday, 8 December 2004

BALCO Rumbles On

The BALCO drugs scandal might cost Marion Jones her five track and field medals, from the Sydney Olympics. The International Olympic Committee (IOC) opened an investigation on Tuesday into doping allegations against Jones.

IOC president, Jacques Rogge, set up a disciplinary commission; to look into the claims made by Victor Conte who was head of BALCO, the lab accused of illegally distributing steroids.

Conte reportedly told ABC's "20/20" that he gave Jones drugs before, and after, the Sydney Olympics. He said that he watched her inject herself with human growth hormone.

Jones denies the allegations, and has threatened to sue Conte for defamation.

The U.S. Olympic Committee supports the IOC action.

World Anti-Doping Agency chief Dick Pound, a senior IOC member, has said Jones should be stripped of her medals if Conte is telling the truth.

The IOC could strip the entire team, including Olympic champion Michael Johnson, of the gold medals.

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