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Edwards to learn fate on Monday


SPECIAL REPORT
• Olympics 2004: Special report 

ATHENS, Greece -- Banned world 100 meters champion Torri Edwards' Olympic fate will be decided at a special appeal hearing in Athens on Monday.

Edwards was banned for two years after testing positive last April during a track meeting in Martinique but on Saturday her lawyers filed appeal papers with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The CAS verdict is final and binding and Edwards will have no further avenue of appeal.

"The three-man arbitrators will hear the appeal on Monday and a result is expected late Monday or early Tuesday morning," said CAS secretary general Mattieu Rebb.

Edwards, who is a teammate of Olympic 100m champion Maurice Greene, tested positive for nikethamide.

She claims the stimulant came from a product, coramine glucose, that a physical therapist bought and that nikethamide was not listed as an ingredient on the label.

"She wants to continue her career and represent her country at the Games," said her manager Emmanuel Hudson. "Obviously she decided to make an appeal.

"She's been suspended for a reason she does not understand. She is very sad. The problem is that the product was bought in France, and she can't read French," added Hudson, who is also a successful Los Angeles based lawyer.

If Edwards appeal is unsuccessful her place on the 100m team will go to 37-year-old two-time Olympic 100m champion Gail Devers and her berth on the 200m roster would be filled by Lashaunte'a Moore.


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