Bush urged to ignore Jones’s request for pardon

July 23rd, 2008 - 8:22 pm ICT by IANS  

Washington, July 23 (Xinhua) The US Track And Field has urged President George W. Bush to ignore former player Marion Lois Jones’s request to pardon her perjury sentence. “She lied to federal agents… She admitted it,” Douglas Logan, the new chief executive of the US Track and Field, said in a letter to the president. “And now she apparently wants to be let off.”

Logan posted the letter after he read news reports that Jones has applied for presidential pardon for her perjury sentence.

The US track star, who won five medals at the 2000 Summer Olympic Games in Sydney, Australia, has been stripped of all medals dating back to September 2000 after she was convicted of lying about her use of performance-enhancing drugs and sentenced to six months in jail in Jan.

“As the new CEO of the US Track and Field, I have a moral and practical duty to make the case against her request,” said Logan, who has vowed to make the fight against doping his top priority.

Logan noted that pardon for Jones would be a “horrible message” to young American athletes and fans as well as the international audience who saw Jones perform at the Sydney Games.

“To pardon one of the biggest frauds perpetuated on the Olympic movement would be nothing less than thumbing our collective noses at the world,” he said.

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