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Last Updated: Friday, 28 May, 2004, 13:06 GMT 14:06 UK
Jones' lawyer on offensive
Marion Jones
Jones met anti-doping authorities earlier this week
Marion Jones's lawyer has hit back at reports linking the Olympic 100m champion with the Balco drugs scandal.

Richard Nicholls told the BBC that US anti-doping authorities do not have any proof to suggest that Jones ever took banned substances.

"The evidence they've given us I would not even characterise as evidence," said Nicholls. "It is weak."

Jones and her legal team met officials from the US Anti-Doping Agency for three hours earlier this week.

Jones was shown evidence obtained from the federal grand jury investigation into Balco, the company at the centre of the THG storm

"The documents they have provided to us do not identify Marion anywhere," Nicholls told BBC Radio Five Live.

"The USADA do not have any positive tests from Marion Jones, they do not have any emails from Marion to Balco or (Balco founder) Victor Conte, they have no admission from Marion that she has taken performance-enhancing drugs.

"All they have is a bunch of documents that have information on them that are purported to refer to Marion Jones - but her name does not appear on any of them.

"The so-called training calendar has men's 100m times written all over it, so clearly it is not Marion Jones' schedule."

Nicholls dismissed reports that Jones could be forced to miss August's Olympic Games.

"We have no information from the anti-doping body that they intend to move forward against Marion with this," he said.

Grand jury investigation

Balco founder Conte is one of the four men charged with distributing performance-enhancing drugs from the Californian laboratory.

Jones was one of the athletes called to testify in a grand jury investigation that resulted in the indictments of the four men.

She is threatening to sue if she is prevented from taking part in the Athens Olympics without a failed drug test.

Jones's former husband, shot putter C.J. Hunter, tested positive for the banned steroid nandrolone four times before the 2000 Olympics.




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