Track Group Suspends Christie
MONTE CARLO, Monaco (AP) _ Former Olympic 100-meter champion Linford Christie was suspended by track and field’s governing body for two years Monday after testing positive for the banned steroid nandrolone.
European 200-meter champion Doug Walker and 400-meter hurdler Gary Cadogan were also given two-year bans by the International Amateur Athletic Federation.
The suspension means Christie, who now works as a coach, won’t be able to get a credential for the Sydney Olympics next month.
The 40-year-old former sprinting star, who won gold at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics, has been retired for three years. He tested positive for nandrolone while competing for fun at an indoor meet at Dortmund, Germany, in February 1999.
Cadogan is also retired; Walker still competes.
A three-man arbitration panel appointed by the IAAF spent four days hearing evidence in the runners’ cases.
All three tested positive for nandrolone, declared their innocence, and were cleared by the British federation UK Athletics. The IAAF had upheld their suspensions internationally pending the arbitration hearing.
There has been widespread debate about nandrolone after suggestions that it can build up in the bloodstream through the intake of legal dietary supplements.