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IOC may investigate Crystal Cox's doping admission

That didn't take long...

Less than a week after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced relay runner Crystal Cox had admitted to doping during the 2004 Olympic Games, the International Olympic Committee said it's considering opening an investigation into the matter.

An IOC spokesman said Monday that it is "considering setting up a disciplinary commission" to determine the fate of the women's 4X400-relay team that won the gold medal in Athens. The ruling council of the International Assn. of Athletics Federations also plans to tackle the issue at its meeting in March.

Cox, who accepted a four-year ban from competition and a disqualification of all her results from 2001 through 2004, will almost certainly be stripped of her gold medal. However, because Cox ran in the preliminaries and not the finals, it remains to be seen if her Olympic teammates will lose their medals.

Three U.S. relay teams were stripped of their medals from the 2000 Olympic Games because of doping. An entire team can be disqualified if one of its competitors -- even an alternate -- is found guilty of doping.

-- Austin Knoblauch

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Sprinter Crystal Cox suspended; relay team could lose gold medals

American sprinter Crystal Cox agreed today to a four-year suspension and a disqualification of her previous results after she admitted to doping during the 2004 Summer Olympics.

Cox will probably lose the gold medal she was awarded for being part of the 1,600-meter relay team in Athens. Because Cox ran in the preliminaries and not the final, it is unclear whether Olympic officials will strip the entire team of its medals. Sanya Richards, DeeDee Trotter, Monique Henderson and Monique Hennagan ran in the final.

Marion Jones' teammates from the 2000 Olympic Games lost their gold medals after she admitted to doping.

U.S. Anti-Doping Agency Chief Executive Travis Tygart applauded Cox for coming clean.

"You've got to give her credit for accepting responsibility," he said. "Hopefully this sends a strong message that if you're going to succumb to temptation, you have to remember the terrible position you're putting your teammates in."

Cox is suspended through January 2014 and will forfeit all of her results from 2001 to 2004.

-- Austin Knoblauch

German speedskating champion loses doping ban case

Claudia Germany's Claudia Pechstein will not be competing in Vancouver.

The Swiss Federal Tribunal denied the five-time Olympic speedskating champion's request to have her two-year ban for alleged blood doping temporarily suspended, meaning she will not compete in next month's Winter Olympic Games.

Pechstein, 37, said she wasn't surprised by the ruling and told her fans the decision wouldn't mark the end of her career.

Pechstein, Germany's most-successful Winter Olympian with nine gold medals, has denied doping.

The World Anti-Doping Agency applauded the ruling.

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Supplemental information on doped swimmer case

Jessica Hardy prior to the Olympics. A few words from the Texas-based nutritional supplement maker, AdvoCare, at the center of the Jessica Hardy case, in the form of this press release contesting the findings of the arbitration hearing that reduced her doping suspension from two years to one.

(For the details of the arbitration panel's action, please read my blog posted yesterday. You will notice it puts the word "allegedly'' before "contaminated'' in reference to the AdvoCare supplement central to the case, since the issue of contamination also is central to lawsuits each party -- Hardy and AdvoCare -- has brought against the other. Hardy had been a paid endorser for AdvoCare.)

The AdvoCare statement:

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