Campbell gets public warning, cleared to run
Posted Saturday, October 5 2013 at 01:00
Kingston- Jamaican sprint star Veronica Campbell-Brown, the three-time Olympic gold medallist, has escaped with a public warning and been cleared to return to competition with immediate effect following her positive drug test in May.
Campbell-Brown, Jamaica’s most successful female athlete in history, tested positive for a banned diuretic at the Jamaica Invitational meeting in Kingston on May 4 and served a provisional suspension that ruled her out of the World Championships in Moscow in August.
But, following a disciplinary hearing last month, the Jamaica Athletics Administration Association has ruled that Campbell-Brown should not be punished further on the grounds that she did not intend to cheat.
In a statement, the JAAA said its disciplinary committee, which comprised a former judge, a lawyer and the head of the country’s medical association, had “recommended that a reprimand without any period of ineligibility would be appropriate”.
It ruled that although Campbell-Brown did commit an anti-doping violation, the banned substance was not used to enhance her performance.
The judgment, which has yet to be published in full, will now be sent to the International Association of Athletics Federations for ratification.
The IAAF could appeal against the decision if it believes it is too lenient, though it has already taken the unusual step of publicly playing down the seriousness of the case.
When news of Campbell-Brown’s positive test broke in June, IAAF deputy secretary general Nick Davies attempted to diffuse the lurid headlines by saying the case appeared to involve the ‘lesser’ offence of unintentional use of a banned substance.