Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Justin Gatlin Suffers Another Setback For Beijing Olympics

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Justin GatlinJustin Gatlin suffered another setback on Tuesday in his effort to get to the Beijing Olympics when a federal judge said he could not make the banned sprinter compete at the US Olympic trials. Judge Lacey Collier said in Pensacola, Florida, that he had no jurisdiction over the United States Olympic Committee (USOC) to rule who can take part at the trials.

Under strict US rules, the 2004 Olympic 100 metres champion Gatlin must compete at the trials and finish in the top three in order to book a ticket to the Beijing Olympics.

Gatlin's lawyers said they would continue their fight to have him compete at the trials which start on the weekend.

Gatlin is banned for four years after failing a doping test for the second time in his career in 2006.

Two weeks ago the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in Lausanne Switzerland, the highest sports authority, confirmed the ban.

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