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Last Updated: Wednesday, 16 June, 2004, 18:12 GMT 19:12 UK
Jones wants public hearing
Marion Jones
Jones is one of the athletes under scrutiny of USADA
Olympic champion Marion Jones said she wants a public hearing after reports she may have violated doping rules.

Jones has received a letter from the US Anti-Doping Agency seeking information following the investigation into the Balco laboratory in California.

Jones, who has denied wrongdoing, said she was not going to engage in a "secret kangaroo court".

"I will answer questions in a public forum that will be open for the world to see, hear and evaluate," she said.

"I will answer all the questions USADA is asking of me for the third time."

I believe in drug-free sports and drug-free Olympics
Marion Jones

Jones, however, admitted that she had been sent the legal nutritional supplement ZMA - a zinc product - from Balco in 1999.

But she denied ever taking steroids and stressed that she no longer received ZMA from the company.

"I still take it to this day from (nutrition products company) GNC - from the beginning of 2001," she said.

Jones said she felt USADA was going too far in its pursuit of non-analytical positives - the use of documentary and other evidence to deem an athlete guilty of doping in the absence of a positive drug test.

"They are secretly trying to change the standards mid-game. I feel like I was asked to run 100 metres, then after the race I was told I lost because my form was bad."

Jones, who won three gold medals at the Sydney Olympics, said she was tired and saddened at the innuendo surrounding her.

"I want this done yesterday. I have a great deal of God-given ability and hard work. I want my name cleared and to move on. What are we waiting for?

Speaking about her desire for a public hearing, Jones said: "I wanted the world to hear from me. Not from lawyers, not from unnamed sources.

"I have been patient. I have been co-operative. I believe in drug-free sports and drug-free Olympics."




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