Bad hamstring forces Capriati to withdraw

Wednesday, August 11, 2004

Jennifer Capriati was forced to pull out of the Athens Games with a hamstring injury and was replaced by Lisa Raymond, a team spokesman told The Associated Press on Tuesday.

Capriati won a gold medal at the 1992 Barcelona Games, but she missed the 1996 and 2000 Olympics. She told coach Zina Garrison on Sunday she couldn't play in the Olympics because of the injury, which has been bothering Capriati since July.

Raymond, who was to play doubles with Martina Navratilova, was picked for the singles spot vacated by Capriata, spokesman Randy Walker said.U.S. vows to avoid embarrassing acts

The head of the U.S. Olympic Committee vowed Tuesday that there won't be a repeat of the flag-waving display that embarrassed American officials four years ago in Sydney.

During the 2000 Games in Australia, bare-chested members of the winning men's 400-meter relay team wrapped themselves in the flag and clowned on the victory stand during the playing of "The Star-Spangled Banner." U.S. officials cringed, worried that it sent the wrong message to a global television audience.

USOC chief executive Jim Scherr said that American athletes have been warned not to repeat such a scene in Athens, though he was quick to say there was nothing wrong with U.S. athletes waving the flag or celebrating in more appropriate ways.

"A flag is not a headband or a turban. It really is a matter of judgment whether the flag is being treated with respect or not," he said.

Kenyan boxer is first to fail drug test

In the first doping case of the Athens Olympics, a Kenyan boxer was barred from the games Tuesday after failing an out-of-competition drug test in the athletes' village.

Bantamweight David Munyasia, 24, tested positive for the banned stimulant cathine, the International Olympic Committee said.

The boxer was disqualified from the Athens Games. All athletes have been subject to random doping tests since the opening of the Olympic village on July 30.

During the games, which end Aug. 29, the IOC plans to conduct about 2,600 urine tests and 400 checks for the blood-boosting hormone EPO -- a 25 percent increase over the number of tests in Sydney four years ago.

The IOC said 224 tests have been conducted so far.

U.S. tries to keep relay medals

U.S. sports authorities will try to prevent world track officials from stripping the gold medals of Michael Johnson and other members of the 1,600-meter relay team from the Sydney Olympics, the head of the U.S. Olympic Committee said Tuesday.

USOC chief executive Jim Scherr said it is not yet clear whether the USOC or USA Track & Field will file the appeal, which must be turned in to the Swiss-based Court of Arbitration for Sport by Sept. 18.

The squad could lose its medals because of a doping violation by team member Jerome Young a year before the 2000 Olympics. Young already has been stripped of his medal, and the International Association of Athletics Federations recommended last month that the entire team be penalized because Young should have been ineligible.

IOC expels Indonesian member for corruption

An Indonesian member of the International Olympic Committee was kicked out of the organization Tuesday in connection with corruption charges dating back 10 years.

Mohamad "Bob" Hasan, a business partner of former Indonesian strongman Suharto, was sentenced to six years in prison in 2000 for his role in a multimillion-dollar scam involving a forest-mapping project in the early '90s.

Hasan, an IOC member since 1994, was suspended in May 2001. Previous moves to expel him were postponed pending reviews of his conviction. He is free on parole.

Hasan was ejected by a vote of the full IOC general assembly. With expulsion requiring a two-thirds majority of 69 votes, the result was 103 in favor and three against, with six abstentions and three unmarked ballots, IOC spokeswoman Giselle Davies told The Associated Press.

Oldest U.S. Olympic medalist dies at 102

James Stillman Rockefeller, the oldest-known U.S. Olympic medal winner, died Tuesday, his family said. He was 102.

He was the captain of Yale University's eight-man rowing team with coxswain that won gold at the 1924 Paris Olympics -- beating the Canadian team by less than 16 seconds. Another member of the crew was Dr. Benjamin Spock, a renowned pediatrician who wrote a best-selling book about raising children.

Rockefeller, born June 8, 1902, was a grandson of William Rockefeller, who founded Standard Oil with his brother, John D. Rockefeller.

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