Sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown cleared of doping charge

August 6, 2012; London, United Kingdom; Veronica Campbell-Brown (JAM), left, reacts after competing in the women’s 200 meters heats during the 2012 London Olympic Games at Olympic Stadium. Mandatory Photo Credit: Robert Deutsch, USA TODAY Sports

Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown was cleared of her doping charge by the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) on Monday.

The ruling means the Olympic champion will be allowed to return to competition immediately.

The 31-year-old issued a statement saying her suspension was difficult to handle:

However, my faith, family, friends and fans have stood by me as a source of encouragement.

 

The final court available to us as athletes have spoken and humbly I say they have confirmed my innocence.

 

I harbour too much self-respect and a similar respect for the purity of competition to resort to illegal means to success.

Howard Jacobs, her lawyer, issued a statement saying the initial drug test wasn’t conducted properly:

However, it is clear that the reason for the decision was a serious and fundamental breakdown in the manner in which Veronica Campbell-Brown’s urine sample was collected and handled in Jamaica on May 4, 2013.

 

The integrity of the sample was not maintained and the results of any testing on that sample were therefore unreliable.

Campbell-Brown tested positive for hydrochlorothiazide at the Jamaica International Invitational World Challenge last May and was provisionally suspended on June 18.

She plans on competing in the world indoor championships next month.

[Source: Reuters]

Topics: CAS, Jamaica, Veronica Campbell-Brown

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