News24 Aug 2006

IAAF Statement on Justin Gatlin case


In light of the Media interest surrounding the Justin Gatlin (USA) case and the misreporting of statements made by IAAF representatives, the IAAF wishes to clarify the situation:

The IAAF has been informed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) that Gatlin has agreed to the accuracy of the laboratory results from his sample collected by USADA on April 22, 2006 and has agreed that these results constitute a doping violation under IAAF Rules.  The IAAF has also been informed by USADA that USADA seeks a maximum 8 year period of ineligibility for such a violation in line with an earlier decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) and following Gatlin’s promise to co-operate in providing information to USADA that may assist in relation to ongoing anti-doping activities.

The IAAF wishes to stress that the results management process in this case has not yet been completed since Gatlin has reserved the right to contest USADA’s charge of an 8 year sanction at a hearing before a panel of the American Arbitration Association (AAA) to consider the facts of the case and determine the length of sanction to be applied.

Under IAAF Rules, the IAAF has the right to review any AAA decision as regards Gatlin’s sanction and, if it does not agree, to appeal the AAA decision to the Court of Arbitration in Sport (CAS). 

The IAAF will make no further comment on the Gatlin case until conclusion of the results management process by USADA.