Athletics: Jones and Montgomery not wanted at Bislett

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Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery have been told they are not wanted at the Bislett Games in Bergen on 11 June, organisers of the meeting said yesterday.

Marion Jones and Tim Montgomery have been told they are not wanted at the Bislett Games in Bergen on 11 June, organisers of the meeting said yesterday.

Jones, the triple Olympic champion and 100 metres world record holder, and her husband Montgomery have both been linked to the San Francisco-based Balco laboratory at the centre of an international doping investigation.

"We definitely don't want them," Svein Arne Hansen, head of the Golden League event, said. "We haven't made an agreement yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if the other competition organisers make the same decision."

Jones recently met the United States Anti-Doping Agency officials to look at evidence which includes a calendar with the initials "MJ" that investigators implied was a schedule for steroid use in 2001. Jones, who has never tested positive, has denied any wrongdoing.

Elsewhere, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has been asked to decide before 10 July whether the world 400 metres champion, Jerome Young, committed a doping offence in 1999. The world title holder tested positive for the steroid nandaroline but was cleared by America's USA Track & Field to compete in the 2000 Sydney Olympics.

If CAS decide the American should not have been exonerated, all his 4x400 metres relay team-mates in Sydney, including the five-times Olympic champion Michael Johnson, could lose their gold medals.

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