Officials hope Jones’ sentence will be a deterrent to others
SALVO (North Carolina): The world governing body for athletics hope the six-month prison sentence handed down to disgraced American Olympic sprinter Marion Jones will deter others from taking drugs, they said on Friday. “There is a lot of sadness for Marion and her family,” International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) spokesman Nick Davies said after Jones was sentenced for lying about her steroid use and her knowledge of a fraud case.
“Six months in prison is a lot,” Davies told Reuters by telephone from IAAF headquarters in Monte Carlo. “But you do hope that it will be a deterrent to others. “Hopefully when she is out of prison she can help the IAAF and other organisations to ensure that other people don’t follow the path that she certainly followed. “It (her doping) has certainly hurt the image of the sport.” Jones, the first woman to win five athletics medals, three of them gold, at a single Olympics, has been stripped of her 2000 Sydney Games medals. All her results since September 2000 were wiped from the record books after her tearful admission in October to steroid use after years of denial. Victor Conte, founder of the BALCO laboratory at the centre of the US doping scandal, said he felt sorry for Jones’s family. “Marion did make some very poor choices and she does deserve serious consequences. I certainly don’t condone her repeated lies,” Conte said in a statement. “But, I do feel especially bad for Marion’s mother and her two children. They didn’t lie or cheat or use performance enhancing drugs, yet they are also enduring great pain.” – Reuters