Americans Mary Slaney, Sandra Farmer-Patrick and an unnamed athlete were suspended Saturday by track and field’s world governing body, pending a hearing by their national federation on alleged drug use.
“If their federation is reluctant to act immediately in accordance with IAAF rules, then the IAAF council will now suspend the athlete from competition until the national federation decides a ban or not,” IAAF president Primo Nebiolo said.
All three athletes purportedly tested positive for banned performance-enhancing drugs, including testosterone, during the Olympic trials at Atlanta last June.
Slaney, 38, is a four-time Olympian and owner of several U.S. women’s distance records. Farmer-Patrick, 35, is a former U.S. record-holder for the 400-meter hurdles.
Nebiolo said the name of the third athlete had not been disclosed by USA Track & Field.
“This is preposterous,” Slaney’s husband, Richard, said by telephone from Eugene, Ore. “We’ve provided them (both the IAAF and USATF) with proof that there was no drug-taking.
Slaney said his wife had been tested six or seven times since the trials and each time she was negative.