The U.S. Olympic Committee said Sunday it has dropped suspe
BARCELONA, Spain (AP) _ The U.S. Olympic Committee said Sunday it has dropped suspended 400-meter runner Butch Reynolds from its list of entries for the Barcelona Games.
The move followed rejection of Reynolds’ name by Barcelona organizers, the International Amateur Athletic Federation and the International Olympic Committee.
It now appears certain that Reynolds will not travel to Spain.
″The only thing is if the IAAF and IOC change their stance, which by all indications is not going to happen,″ said Bob Condron, a USOC spokesman. ″They have been very firm on that point.″
The USOC originally included Reynolds on its entry list, but was turned down by the Barcelona organizing committee, COOB, on grounds that he was ineligible to compete.
Harvey Schiller, the USOC’s executive director, wrote to the IOC asking for further consideration of Reynolds’ case.
″The IAAF, the IOC and COOB were on the same page concerning the entry of Butch Reynolds,″ said Dr. LeRoy Walker, head of the U.S. delegation. ″After receiving the response, we resubmitted the list without his name.″
″We accepted that,″ said Walker. ″We had gone to the limit of what we could do.″
Repeated calls to Reynolds’ homne in Columbus, Ohio, and to his attorneys went unanswered.
Reynolds, the world record-holder in the 400 meters, was suspended for two years by the IAAF after testing positive for steroids in 1990. The suspension runs through the Barcelona Games.
Reynolds says he never took steroids and maintains the test was flawed. He went to the U.S. Supreme Court in June to get permission to run in the U.S. Olympic trials. He failed to qualify for the 400 meters, but earned a spot as an alternate on the 1,600-meter relay squad.
Condron said the USOC still considers Reynolds a member of the team and would process him at the team’s base in Tampa, Fla. The last team flight to Barcelona leaves Wednesday.
″He wouldn’t be on the charter unless COOB reversed its decision,″ said Condron.