Disgraced former world shot put champion CJ Hunter has claimed athletics chiefs offered to cover up his positive drug test in 2000.
Hunter was suspended after testing positive for nandrolone
Hunter says he was offered a deal by Istvan Gyulai, general secretary of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
But Gyulai denied the claims, saying Hunter was never going to escape a ban.
Hunter tested positive for anabolic steroid nandrolone just before the Sydney Games.
He said Gyulai spoke to him before an event in Brussels on 25 August, 2000, promising to cover up his positive test if he withdrew from the Sydney Olympics citing injury.
Gyulai is alleged to have said: "Don't say anything and we will make sure everything is fine so you can come back next year."
However, Gyulai claims Hunter begged the IAAF to conceal four positive tests in 2000, so as not to upset his then wife, sprinter Marion Jones.
"There was no backroom deal at all," Gyulai added.
"There was a possibility to keep the confidentiality until after the Olympics - if he accepted that he could not compete."