Martín Fiz: “You've got to respect Marta for all that she has done

Translated by Stewart Atkins for LetsRun.com
December 20, 2010

Editor's note: LetsRun.com reader Stewart Atkins has been translating some articles for us on the track and field doping scandal in Spain.  Below is the translation of this article

http://www.marca.com/2010/12/15/atletismo/1292422478.html#

 

From December 15, 2010

Martín Fiz: “You've got to respect Marta for all that she has done”

“Thanks to her we have girls between the ages of 6 and 12 wanting to be like that girl that always ran with the pink headband.” “You can't question everything accomplished in track and field just because of one isolated incident.”

World Champion in the marathon in 1995 and Winner of the Prince of Asturias Sports Award in 1997, Martín Fiz doesn't believe that you can doubt all of track and field just because of the recent problems in doping. “You can't question everything that's been accomplished in track and field, and all of the success the sport has had, just because of an isolated incident.”

Fiz also asks that people show respect for Marta Domínguez at this difficult time. “People are still presumed innocent until proven guilty, and you have to respect her for everything she's accomplished in the last few years. Thanks to her we have lots of girls between the ages of 6 and 12 interested in running and trying to be like that girl who always ran with the pink headband.”

More Spanish Doping Translations:
*December 20:
Marta Domínguez to Testify in Court This Wednesday
*Martín Fiz: “You've got to respect Marta for all that she has done
*Jesus España: "Those Who Dope Aren't Teammates of Mine"
*Previous:

* 2009 European XC Champ Alemayehu Bezabeh May Have Been Duped By His Coach Into Blood Doping And Could Possibly Get Off Because He Didn't Reinject Blood
*
A Bag Of Blood From Operation Puerto In 2006 Was Linked To Marta Dominguez And Helped Kick Off This Probe 
*Marta Domínguez: "I've Never Dealt Drugs."
*Last Year's European XC Champ Alemayehu Bezabeh Admitted He Was Just About To Transfuse A Bag Of Blood
Bezabah apparently thought there was nothing wrong with it and for some reason we believe he's telling the truth. "He told me that he was just about to tap the bag, and when I told him that this was doping and that he couldn't be on the team, he was shocked."
*Jesus España: "It was a well-known secret"
*
"It's very easy to walk into a doctor's office with 7,000 bucks in your pocket (5,000 euros) and tell the doctor that 'the time has come to reach my full potential. Do anything you have to do, here are my veins. Just make me into a champion.' I could have done that."

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