The decision to form this commission followed the August 27 publication of an article in the Los Angeles Times, which stated that Jerome Young had tested positive for a banned substance in 1999. Young was subsequently cleared by the U.S. Track and Field (USATF) and authorized to compete in the Olympic Games in Sydney, where he was a member of the U.S. team that won gold in the 4 x 400 meter relay. Contrary to the rules of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), USATF refused to disclose Young's name to the IAAF.
"I believe this inquiry will help bring transparency to this matter, which has cast doubt on the U.S. relay victory in Sydney," said Richard W. Pound, WADA's president. "I am pleased that WADA and the IOC will work together and use our combined resources to shed light on this case."
The joint commission will be composed of four members: Thomas Bach, IOC vice-president; Patrick Schamasch, IOC medical director; David Howman, WADA's director general; and Olivier Niggli, WADA's director of legal and finance.
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