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Mar 2, 2016

At Long Last Marion Jones is Opened to the Public!!

The Marion Jones Sporting Complex is getting some attention. Forgive us if we seem unduly excited about it, but it’s gotten to the point where anything positive done to enhance the facility is great news. Perhaps we should report right off that the gates of the stadium have been thrown open for residents to use. There’s not much that can be used, really…just the same old cycling and running track, but for better or worse the facility is open. Today we found inmates of the Belize Central Prison working along with staff from the National Sports Council to improve the aesthetics and the security.


Ritchel Dominguez, National Sports Director

“We are trying to get all our facilities up and running and getting them into positions where people can start using them again. We have opened the gates to the Marion Jones so that people can run. But looking at it, it would have been a little unsafe to have the bush so high and people running on the track so that you don’t know if someone left from this area if they’d get back. Although we have the Police on board who visit here very often, but you never know, and we want to keep it clean so that people can feel safe using the Marion Jones again as a running track in the morning and the evening.”



“In terms of the Marion Jones I know it’s a bit unfair to you because it’s early days for you at the Sports Council. What are the plans for the Marion Jones?”


Ritchel Dominguez

Ritchel Dominguez

“I don’t want to set the bar too high and I don’t want you to come back at me. But Marion Jones is looking up and Marion Jones is right where it is supposed to be. And sometime in the near future it will be completed. I can basically say that we are working on the building slowly and we are trying to get it finished, and then we’ll invite the media over when we move our office on this side of town.”

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6 Responses for “At Long Last Marion Jones is Opened to the Public!!”

  1. Primary Thief, Ali BaBarrow says:

    for the first one hundred people we have anabolic steroids to get thru the turnstile and fire up the crowd.

    Nothing like cheating your way to the top, a national past time. Dammit man, be proud, she got their first, think Belizean, disgraced like the GOB. We need heroes, more corrupted the better.

  2. Primary Thief, Ali BaBarrow says:

    I, Ali Bababarrow, need to have the mountains and sea named after me. A stadium will not suffice.

    Hence forth, Victoria Peak is no more, all shall worship at Mount Excellence Loin of Barrow.

    The Caribbean is now the Red Sea of Master Deano.

    This is my destiny, as foretold….

  3. David P says:

    Are we seriously going to keep calling it Marion Jones?

    Marion Jones represents the core of everything that is wrong with Belizean society. Do we really want to keep her name on our sporting venue?

  4. Vyne says:

    Marion Jones did something illegal. She eventually admitted to it and was sentenced to prison. She did her time and returned to the sporting arena as professional basketball player with a WNBA team. In keeping with taking full responsibility for tarnishing her own image, she has a mentor program that espouses the principle that although winning is important, it is not worth doing so at the cost one’s integrity.

    What’s wrong with Belizean society is that those within the upper echelons who have done blatant wrongs to gain “success” are never prosecuted. Meanwhile, those who have spent time atoning for their wrongs are consistently marginalized by a society that feels that, ‘those who we can punish can never be punished enough.’

    Her name should remain on that stadium as a reminder of how easy it is plummet from the top when we put “winning” above all else. And further, as a reminder that as long as there is breath in our lungs staying down cannot be a permanent condition.

  5. Pepe says:

    Belize is a joke…..and belizeans just talk and talk…..and there you are….third term….it is sad

  6. Elaine Salazar says:

    human beings are fallible- many of us do not have the guts to own up to our wrongdoing.
    Have the courage to get up when you fall, dust yourself off and get moving again.
    I say leave Marion Jones name up on that building. She donated millions of dollars for
    it to be built I understand, and I think Belizeans should hold her up to high esteem as one
    who exalted Belize as she held up our flag at the Olympics. God bless Marion & God bless Belize.

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