IAAF Investigates Marion Jones


The IAAF has begun their investigation of Marion Jones and her admissions of guilt in taking steroids. She has already given back her Olympic medals, and it may be too early to say what the IAAF will do. I think that the IAAF will ask for the medals from Sevilla, and Edmonton back, as she has admitted to use as early as 1999.

In terms of what sponsors will do, this writer considers it a far off chance that her major sponsors will sue her to recover her sponsorship dollars. After some research, it is quite reasonable to assume a) Marion Jones has no money b) the lawsuits would only increase companies' legal bills and not produce anything else.

The modern Passion Play of Marion Jones continues, as this piece by Bob Ramsak attests:


by Bob Ramsak
(c) 2007 TRACK PROFILE Report, all rights reserved

UDINE, Italy – IAAF General Secretary Pierre Weiss confirmed today that the sport’s world governing body is investigating what sort of sanctions to impose against disgraced American sprinter Marion Jones.

“What will happen with regards to the money? With regards to the medals? What will happen to the relays? These are good questions,” Weiss said, speaking on the eve of the World Road Running Championships in Udine, Italy.

Last week, Jones admitted to having used THG, a designer steroid that came to light following the Balco scandal in 2003, since 2000, and returned the five medals she won at the 2000 Olympic Games in Sydney.

“We are investigating the case,” Weiss said. “We have asked the U.S. federation to make a report. We don’t have the report yet, it will be complex.”

Weiss underscored the public condemnation made last week by IAAF President Lamine Diack, who characterized Jones as “One of the biggest frauds in sporting history.”

“We are really sad about what happened,” Weiss said. “She was the Queen of our sport. And we have lost our Queen.”


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