Perez: 'I'm a Pandora's Box that, if opened one day, could bring down sport'

Updated: November 19, 2008, 1:08 PM ET
Associated Press

MADRID, Spain -- The wife of the doctor at the center of Spain's biggest doping investigation says Spanish sports would be ruined if she revealed what she knows about drug use among athletes.

Cristina Perez ran on Spain's 1,600-meter relay team at the 1992 Olympics. She alluded to problems at the Barcelona Games but did not elaborate.

"I know what happened at Barcelona '92 and I'm a Pandora's Box that, if opened one day, could bring down sport," Perez told La Provincia newspaper. "But out of respect for my companions, the people who sacrificed so much, I'm staying quiet. Although I could speak out and ruin all those caught up in this little world."

Spain finished sixth in the medals standings at those Olympics, winning 13 gold medals, seven silver and two bronze.

Her husband, Eufemianio Fuentes, was the doctor at the center of cycling's Operation Puerto case. He was one of five people arrested in May 2006 after Spanish police raided apartments in Madrid and Zaragoza and uncovered a blood doping ring that would implicate more than 50 cyclists.

Perez said the government made Fuentes a scapegoat.

"To call a doctor dedicated to sports science who has killed no one a criminal mastermind seems shameful to me," she said.


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