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Friday, October 29, 2004
CAS gives no date for rescheduled cases

Associated Press

LAUSANNE, Switzerland -- A hearing in the doping cases of U.S. sprinters Tim Montgomery and Chryste Gaines that had been set for next week was postponed at the request of all parties, the Court of Arbitration for Sport said Friday.

CAS, the world's highest sports court, said a new date has not yet been set. It did not elaborate on the reason for the postponement.

The hearing, which was to begin Monday in San Francisco, is likely to last at least a week. CAS rulings are final and cannot be appealed.

Montgomery, world record holder in the 100 meters, and Gaines have been charged with doping violations by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and face lifetime bans if found guilty. They have not tested positive for drugs, but were charged based on evidence gathered in the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative case.

Two BALCO executives, as well as a track coach and the personal trainer of baeball star Barry Bonds have been charged with distributing steroids to dozens of top athletes. They all have pleaded not guilty and await trial.