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AP Interview: Rogge surprised by CAS doping ruling that reinstates Merritt for 2012 Games
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) ' IOC President Jacques Rogge tells The Associated Press he was surprised by a ruling in a doping case that will allow American sprinter LaShawn Merritt back in the Olympics next year.
But, Rogge said Tuesday, the IOC will fight to uphold the spirit of the rule in the future.
Last week, the Court of Arbitration for Sport overturned the IOC-supported rule that bans any athlete who has served a doping suspension of more than six months from competing in the next Olympics.
Rogge said he respected the CAS ruling but was surprised by it because the same body had given the IOC different feedback in an advisory opinion when the rule was passed three years ago.
Rogge said the IOC will try to have the ban included in World Anti-Doping Agency guidelines that will be revised in 2013.