Banned Sprinter Gatlin Not Welcome in Beijing

PENSACOLA, Fla. (AP) - Banned sprinter Justin Gatlin must go to Switzerland if he wants to compete in Beijing.

The International Olympic Committee says Gatlin -- whose four-year doping ban recently was upheld by the Court of Arbitration for Sport -- is not eligible to compete in the Beijing Olympics regardless of any ruling by a federal court judge in Pensacola.

Last week, a Florida federal judge issued a temporary restraining order that would allow Gatlin to compete in the 100-meter rounds at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials, which begin Friday.

Today, lawyers for the U.S. Olympic Committee, USA Track and Field and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency gathered in Pensacola to try to persuade the judge that he had no jurisdiction in the matter.

The judge's order centers on the 26-year-old's first doping offense -- a positive test for amphetamines at the 2001 junior nationals. The substance was part of medication Gatlin was taking for attention deficit disorder.

(Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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