Marion Jones says International Olympic Committee President Jacques Rogge is in no position to talk about the people she chooses to live and train with.
Jones, speaking a day before she competes in the long jump at the Golden Spike meet in Ostrava, Czech Republic, acknowledged yesterday that she had made "suspect" decisions in the past about the people with whom she associated.
But she said Rogge was out of line when he contended in a Sunday newspaper interview that she was "stupid" to get involved with certain people.
"It's an extremely ignorant comment of him to make not knowing the circumstances and not knowing the situation," Jones said.
Jones is under investigation by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, which is reviewing files in the BALCO steroid case to determine if there is enough evidence to ban her from the Athens Olympics.
Jones and her boyfriend, Tim Montgomery, are among dozens of athletes who have testified in the case involving the Bay Area Laboratory Co-Operative, a California sports supplement company accused of being at the center of a doping ring that is being investigated by the Justice Department.
* CONFIDENT OUTLOOK: The mayor of Athens insists the city's $8.5 billion Olympic preparations are on track, and she expressed confidence security measures can deter a potential terrorist attack.
Dora Bakoyannis spoke yesterday at the Western Policy Center in Washington as part of a two-day visit with lawmakers and State Department officials to discuss security for the Aug. 13-29 Olympics.
"We believe whatever can be done as preparations for security, we did it, and we hope everything will go well," Bakoyannis said.
* EFFORT PAYS OFF FOR PEDRO: Jimmy Pedro earned a spot on his fourth Olympic team by winning the 73-kilogram division at the U.S. judo trials in San Jose on Saturday.
Pedro, who retired in 2000 only to return in March 2003, was one of seven men who qualified. Five women also earned a trip to Athens this summer.
-- From News Services