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IAAF seek explanation from Maurice Greene

17 April 2008

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has asked Maurice Greene for a complete explanation about allegations that he used performance-enhancing drugs, despite already putting its support behind the Olympic medal winner.

The IAAF sprang to Greene’s defence earlier this week, but according to Thursday’s New York Times, they are now asking Greene for more information.

A two-time gold medal winner at the 2000 Sydney Games and former world record holder in the 100 meters, Greene has denied claims from federal informant Angel Guillermo Heredia about any connections to illegal drugs.

Greene did tell The Daily Telegraph on Sunday that he had met with Heredia but that he did not obtain or use any drugs from him. However, Greene also undermined his creditability in the article by stating that he did buy "stuff" for track club teammates.

"I would pay for stuff and not care what it was," he told the Telegraph. "I’ve paid for things for other people without questioning it, done it plenty of times."

Greene’s surprising admission may have been in response to the fact that the New York Times had obtained copies of a $10,000 bank transfer statement from Greene to Heredia along with two blood laboratory reports on Greene that Heredia had in his possession.

The Times had tried to get either Greene or his agents to comment about those documents for the previous two weeks.

Now, the IAAF, which came to the support of Greene on Tuesday, has also joined the cause, petitioning Greene for a written explanation about the article by the New York Times and his comments made to the British newspaper.

"We would like to hear his explanation," IAAF spokesman Nick Davies wrote in an e-mail message to the Times on Wednesday. "We have asked Maurice Greene for a written reaction to the entire article, including comments he is quoted as making, but have not received his reply yet."

Although Greene has yet to reply to its request, the IAAF continues to defend the sprinter, who was appointed an ambassador of the sport by the governing body on February 21.

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