[Marxism] With the Same Stone (Juventud Rebelde on Marion Jones)

Walter Lippmann walterlx at earthlink.net
Sun Oct 7 01:36:13 MDT 2007


JUVENTUD REBELDE
With the Same Stone

By: Francisco Mastrascusa

Email: depor at jrebelde.cip.cu 
2007-10-06 | 12:25:12 EST
http://www.juventudrebelde.co.cu/columnists/2007-10-06/with-the-same-stone/

For Marion Jones, the burden of the guilt must weigh much more than
her five Olympic medals won in Sydney. Her repeated maneuvers to
clear herself by pretending to be a drug free athlete have hit rock
bottom.

More than a year ago, the reputation and name of the sprinter were
tarnished when Jones was forced to withdraw from the Weltklasse
Golden League meet in Switzerland, citing «personal reasons.» Prior
to the competition, her analysis came back positive for
Erythropoietin (EPO).

At that time, The Washington Post revealed the incident, breaking the
story even before the official statement was issued the following day
by the Los Angeles laboratory where her urine sample had been taken
on June 23.

In December 2004, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) opened an
investigation into allegations presented against Jones, beginning
with her testimonies in 2003 before a federal grand jury.

Pandora’s Box has now been reopened. The same Washington Post
revealed that Marion Jones admitted in letter to her relatives and
friends that she had used performance-enhancing drugs – even prior to
Olympic Games in Sydney.

«This is a veil the American sprinter can’t hide behind,» wrote in JR
in August 2006. Everything seemed to indicate that Marion would be
sanctioned, stripping her of her medals but leaving a heavy load on
her conscience.

«It’s with a great amount of shame that I stand before you and tell
you that I have betrayed your trust,» admitted the 31-year-old
runner, according to the American newspaper this past week.

The drug she had used was a synthetic steroid called «the clear,»
produced at the BALCO laboratories prior to 2000.

Jones asserts that her trainer, Trevor Graham, gave her the steroids,
which—while obtained from linseed oil— are considered a synthetic
steroid developed by the San Francisco, California laboratory.

Because of the scandal involving Jones, another sprinter fell into a
similar trap. The only difference was that Justin Gatlin, the world
record holder in the 100 meter dash, was detected with having used
testosterone rather than EPO, and was immediately sanctioned.

As a reporter, I never believed that these were isolated cases, and
time has shown me right.

Now the bureaucratic process is underway, in which the first stone of
what will become an avalanche will be thrown in the form of an
official report by the American anti-doping agency (USED). They will
much more than likely call for rescinding Jones’ records and the loss
of her medals.

That JR commentary of more than a year ago concluded with three
paragraphs that remain valid:

Everything is consistent with galloping commercialization, that to a
great degree dominates the destiny of world sports.

There can be only vain attempts to wage a battle against doping in
big league professional sports in the United States; here, there are
millions and millions of dollars that directly block such an action.

It doesn’t take too much to reach the conclusion that Tim Montgomery,
Kelly White, Justin Gatlin, Floyd Landis or Marion Jones didn’t act
deliberately. They are part of the corruption of a social system that
uses them – and at the same time devours them.


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WALTER LIPPMANN
Editor-in-Chief, CubaNews
writer - photographer - activist
http://www.walterlippmann.com
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