I am delighted to see that US athlete super cheat Marion Jones has been sent to jail for six months as well as having all her medals stripped from her for lying about steroid abuse and involvement in a drugs fraud case. The US authorities must be congratulated for this action and whilst some may argue it is a bit late in the day nonetheless Jones has paid a price for her rotten cheating. She has also made a very public apology which is good.
I note that British gold medal winner Denise Lewis has welcomed the sentencing but I detect a sense of smug satisfaction amongst the UK sporting commentariat that this Yank got her comeuppance, though of course there may be many others like her still in US athletics.
But compare the action taken by the US authorities to that taken by the British authorities concerning current Olympic medal hope Christine Ohuruogo. She missed THREE out of competition drug tests and yet was handed out a risible one year ban. She’s back in now and being talked up as a winner. Remember British gold medal winner Linford Christie – the gold medal winner? He tested positive for illegal drugs TWICE in his career – no significant punishment was handed out. So I suggest that before British atheltics becomes too pompous about the wrongdoings of our cousins across the Atlantic Ocean it would do well to put its own house in order.