Saturday, August 19, 2006
Last night I heard that Marion Jones had reportedly tested positive for banned substances.I couldn't even find the energy to be stunned but accepted it with a weary resignation.After all the sports world recently had a bombshell dropped on it with the news of Gatlin and Landis positive tests.Call me naive but Gatlin's test stunned me probably because I wanted to believe this was a new dawn in athletics after all the scandals.
Nevertheless,I have always loved Marion Jones from the time she burst on the scene.With her big bright smile she lit up the circuit and her running was fantastic too.Presence,the girl had it and with enough to spare.I watched the 2000 Olympics and hoped she would win the five gold medals that she was after.She didn't get the five golds but walked away with 5 medals to crown a brilliant year.
Since then she has been plagued with accusations of being on drugs-a charge which she stoutly denied.Fast forward to 2004 where she left the field in tears after a botched hand over in the relays.Now,it seems to be the end of the road if the second sample also tests positive.
I can't even bring myself to be condemnatory-not that I think drugging up is the way to go.It's more like understanding that with so much at stake why athletes will be willing to risk it all for the extra edge.Sad,but the reality of life for too many of these top athletes.
Unfortunately,for me at least I cannot watch Track now without being cynical.In the back of mind is a little voice forever wondering if that was a brilliant race or drug assisted.Who's next-Jeremy Wariner,Tonique Williams,Allyson Felix,Sanya Richards,Asafa Powell etc etc? I'd hope they are all clean but news of a positive test will be met with a shrug at best.
Say it ain't so! Marion Jones I thought was one of those athletes that came along and broke the mold.
I don't know what would have made her do what she did, but may God bless her.
((shaking head)) Sad.
But I guess they feel presured to do it basd on all the money they can make and celeb-status they can have by being at the top.
Anyway, Asafa all the way!!!
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marion was rumoured from long time. you always wondered cause her former husband cj hunter was caught using and said she used then she ended up being tim montgomery's baby momma and he was banned for using. i mean yea could all be coincidence and choosing the wrong man but you could also say guilty by asociation.
Running is a big deal to us Caribbean peeps but the truth is it barely registers a bleep on the international radar.
Many sport pundits sweep sports such as running and say cycling under the classification of being a mechanical sport with a low skill requirement. Of course, there are drugs also in sports that require more than just physical priming.
I don't think we can turn a blind eye to drug use as athletes must embrace their roles as role models.
Hphm, he'd better be! I'd personally meet him at the airport and clap him one, topside his head!