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Last Updated: Friday, 10 June, 2005, 20:39 GMT 21:39 UK
Jones slams attempts at Euro ban
Marion Jones
Jones has her long-term sights set on the 2008 Beijing Olympics
Marion Jones has hit out at attempts to stop her competing in Europe - and at athletics' governing body the IAAF for failing to support her.

The US sprint star has been shunned by many of the top meetings in Europe this season because of her links with the Balco doping scandal.

"It's ridiculous an athlete who has not been charged or done anything wrong can be the target of a boycott," she said.

"I've expressed my opinion to this European league and to the IAAF."

She said she was an "eligible athlete" so should have the same chances to compete as any other.

The three-time Olympic gold medallist has also revealed her plans to focus solely on regaining her form on the track and put the long jump on the backburner.

"I want to get back to being dominant in them (the sprint events) and once I do that I'll pick up the long jump again," she said.

Jones also said she hoped to continue running up to the Beijing Olympics, where - ideally - she would like to bow out.

"I've set a goal date of 2008," Jones said on Friday.

"I'd love to go to Beijing and compete and have that be my last major competition."

Jones also said she would be open to playing basketball when she retires from athletics.

Among the options that could be open to Jones are playing for her hometown club LA Sparks, or Phoenix - who hold the rights to Jones in the Women's NBA.




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