Veronica Campbell-Brown cleared to compete

Jamaican sprinter reported to have received a public warning and will be allowed to return to competition following use of a banned substance


Veronica Campbell-Brown has been cleared to return to competition following her use of a banned substance, reports local media.

Jamaican news outlets back in June reported that the Jamaican sprinter tested positive for a banned diuretic at the Jamaica Invitational in Kingston on May 4. Diuretics can be used to make it harder for performance-enhancing drugs to be detected.

Following a hearing, the three-time Olympic champion, who won 200m and 4x100m relay gold in 2004 and defended her individual title four years later, is said to have escaped a ban but received a public warning by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), with the Jamaica Gleaner reporting that the disciplinary panel ruled that she “did not use the prohibited substance for performance enhancement”.

Reuters report states that at the time sources close to Jamaican athletics told the news agency that the banned substance was contained in a cream that the sprinter was using on a leg injury, which had been declared on her doping control form.

The JAAA ruling is now set to be reviewed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), with a spokesman for the IAAF reported as telling insidethegames that “this process is far from being over”.

Campbell-Brown, who opened her season with 11.01 to win the 100m at that meet in Kingston in May, also ran 22.53 over 200m in New York later that month.

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