Saturday, June 21, 2008

Judge: Gaitlin Should be Allowed to Run at Olympic Trials

See this article by that title. An excerpt:

A Florida federal judge says barred sprinter Justin Gatlin should be allowed to compete at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials.

U.S. District Judge Lacey A. Collier's temporary restraining order is only in effect for 10 days, and the trials don't begin until June 27 in Eugene, Ore.

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Gatlin's complaint alleged that penalizing him for a 2001 doping violation, which involved medication he was taking for attention deficit disorder, violates the Americans with Disabilit[ies] Act.

Two weeks ago, the Court of Arbitration for Sport upheld a four-year doping ban against the reigning Olympic 100-meter gold medalist. Gatlin asked CAS to rescind the 2001 doping violation -- his first of two -- which he had hoped would reduce his
penalty to a two-year ban, allowing him to compete at trials.

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