Jones (far right) initially lied about her steroid use
Seven US runners have lost a preliminary ruling in their bid to keep Olympic relay medals taken away after Marion Jones was banned for doping.
Jones, who has admitted to using banned substances, helped the US women win gold in the 4x400m relay and bronze in the 4x100m at the 2000 Sydney Games.
A motion by the runners against the stripping of their medals was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The court will now summon the parties to a hearing on the merits of the case.
The IOC stripped all the relay medals in 2008 and CAS upheld the IOC's right to decide on them.
Andrea Anderson, LaTasha Colander Clark, Jearl Miles-Clark, Torri Edwards, Chryste Gaines, Monique Hennagan and Passion Richardson asked CAS to rule on a preliminary basis to determine if the International Olympic Committee (IOC) was entitled to disqualify the 4x100m and 4x400m teams more than seven years after the Sydney Games.
They hoped CAS would declare that the IOC was prevented from withdrawing their medals on the basis of a rule from the Olympic Charter which states "no decision taken in the context of the Olympic Games can be challenged after a period of three years from the day of the closing ceremony of such Games."
CAS felt that the three-year rule did not prevent the IOC from acting as they did, arguing the distribution of medals is not in itself a "decision".
Jones was stripped of her five medals, including gold in the 100m and 200m and bronze in the long jump.