Monday, September 6, 1999 Published at 14:18 GMT 15:18 UK
Christie cleared on dope charge
Christie campaigned against drugs during his long and illustrious career
Linford Christie has been cleared of doping charges by a UK Athletics disciplinary committee.
The former Olympic champion had been accused of taking the banned steroid nandrolone.
Christie is one of a number of athletes who have been accused of taking the banned substance.
The IAAF secretary general, Istvan Gyulai, said the organisation would examine the latest findings over the next few weeks before deciding whether to accept the ruling.
"The next step is [that] UK Athletics sends us the documents and reasoning why this decision was reached."
"UK Athletics has lifted Linford Christie's suspension and he is able to take part in athletic competition should he so wish.
"The disciplinary committee concluded that it could not be proven beyond reasonable doubt that the substance present in the sample was derived from a prohibited substance. Linford Christie has therefore been cleared of all charges.
"UK Athletics has at all times abided by its own rules and by the rules of the governing body of athletics, the IAAF.
"It has also sought to be fair to the athlete at all times and will continue to do so with any subsequent cases. UK Athletics is delighted that Linford Christie has been cleared of all charges."