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”.
A 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.