Warning for Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown
André Lowe and Leighton Levy
The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) disciplinary panel, which presided over the Veronica Campbell-Brown case, has recommended that the athlete receive a public warning in respect of the adverse analytical finding she returned from the May 4 Jamaica International Invitational.
If upheld, the public-warning recommendation would mean that the sprinter would be cleared to compete immediately and her team, headed by lead attorney and former Prime Minister Percival James Patterson, would be hoping that the JAAA disciplinary panel's recommendation is ratified by the sport's global authority, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).
The JAAA's official release on the matter, issued last night, said: "The disciplinary committee has issued a ruling that VCB has committed an anti-doping violation, contrary to IAAF Rule 32.2a.
"They have recommended that a reprimand without any period of ineligibility would be appropriate."
Campbell-Brown, one of Jamaica's most decorated athletes, tested positive for a banned substance at the meet. She was subsequently suspended provisionally by the JAAA and brought before the panel, which was chaired by former Chief Justice Lensley Wolfe and completed by Dr Aggrey Irons, president of the Medical Association of Jamaica, and noted attorney Lincoln Eatmon.
NO INTENTION TO CHEAT
The in-camera hearing, which started September 2, was hit with several early roadblocks, after a number of crucial documents - such as the chain of custody forms for the sample taken from the athlete as well as the witness statements - were not prepared and presented until the third day of the hearing.
"Due to her determination to vigorously pursue the clearing of her name, she will desist from being vocal, suffice it to say, while not accepting guilt of wilfully taking a banned substance, she wholeheartedly apologises
Campbell-Brown has won 16 medals at the Olympic and World Championships level.
The JAAA's official release on the matter, issued last night, said, "The disciplinary committee has issued a ruling that VCB has committed an anti doping violation, contrary to IAAF Rule 32.2a.
"They have recommended that a reprimand without any period of ineligibility would be appropriate.
All relevant parties involved have been duly informed