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Senator: USADA process is best forum

6/18/2004

SAN FRANCISCO -- Sen. John McCain on Friday rebuffed track
star Marion Jones' request to hold a public hearing into
allegations that she violated rules banning the use of steroids.

In a letter to Jones' attorney, McCain, chairman of the Senate
Commerce Committee, said he believed the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency
process was the best forum for her to pursue her case since the
committee isn't a court of law or arbitration panel.

``Her request for a committee hearing ignores USADA's
jurisdiction over all U.S. Olympic athlete doping cases and the
adjudication process adhered to by USADA to resolve such cases,''
McCain wrote in the letter, which was released Friday.

Jones' legal team sent their request to Sen. McCain on
Wednesday, when the champion sprinter called for a public hearing
she hopes will clear her name and allow her to compete in this
summer's Olympic Games in Athens.

Jones is one of the most prominent athletes to testify in a
federal investigation into a drug laboratory accused of illegally
distributing performance-enhancing drugs. She has denied using
steroids and hasn't been charged with violating anti-doping rules.