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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.

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8 thoughts on “DOUBLE STANDARDS

  1. I for one will not be celebrating any medal by Christine Ohuruogo. I think her re-instatement was scandalous. As you state, she missed THREE tests and was handed a one year ban.
    Rio Ferdinand missed on test and was given an Eight month ban.
    One error i can accept, three either shows guilt, stupidity or complete arrogance.
    It’s a shame we don’t approach our laws the way the Americans do.

  2. As I hear it, she missed 3 tests in between several others where she was tested as clean. One can presume that these missed tests would have been clean too.

    MISSING tests is not in the same league as TAKING DRUGS. There is a difference between fouling up on admin and actual cheating.

    I also heard that Rio did arrive for his test, but outside the time limit, so what are surely box-ticking rules were applied instead of common sense.

    Alan Douglas

  3. Performance enhancing drugs are ruining sport (is there anyone who still believes Lance Armstrong?). We want to beleive our athletes won’t do such things, but they do. It has made a mockery of baseball here in the States, and until more athletes are given sentences for fraud and theft (Jones should have gotten five years in my opinion) this will go on.

  4. Mahons.

    I hadn’t thought of it specifically as fraud, i.e taking money under false pretences. Yep it fits.

    BTW is fraud specifially money, or can things that have monetary value or indeed any value be included. The latter might be a mine field re what people say to each other pre marriage!

  5. Aileen: These athletes make millins from prize money and sponsors. Jones deprived other athletes who played fair of their just rewards (where else can soemone take millions of dollars from other peop and face such little jail time – ok maybe corporate America but you know what I mean). And she deprived the honest athletes of their moment ofglory which is impossible to replace. Incidently she also screwed her teamates in relays who played fair but now have to give up their medals and place in history.

    As for promises before marriage – an entire post needs to be written for that.

  6. I was a loyal supporter of the Olympic Games until some
    16yrs. ago when stories of corruption in the ranks of the Olympic Committee emerged , drug taking became endemic and the English snobs said that Eddie the eagle should never have been allowed to take part .
    Now it is a case of Games , what Games ?

  7. Another option might be to abandon attempts at banning performance enhancing drugs and allow all athletes to do whatever they want to increase their prowess. At least that would be honest and everyone would have that option open to them.

  8. Colm,

    What a great example of the ‘relative morality’ syndrome. Why not just change all, or any of the rules when they become inconvenient?

    Oh! – wait don’t they do that already?…

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