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VCB camp silent on positive drug test results

Published:Sunday | June 16, 2013 | 12:36 PM

There has still been no statement from Veronica Campbell-Brown or her management team following the revelation of her positive test for a diuretic during the May 4, Jamaica Invitational Meet.

The diuretic for which Campbell-Brown, who trains in the United States, tested positive is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, due to its ability to conceal the use of performance enhancing substances.

Calls to her manager and agent, Claude Bryan, this morning were unsuccessful.

The return of the adverse analytical finding has left Jamaicans at home and abroad, as well as the track and field world, in shock, with many lining up in support of one of the island’s most decorated athlete.

Campbell-Brown has won 16 Olympic and World Championship medals over her career, including consecutive Olympic gold medals over the 200 metres in 2004 and 2008, making her only the second woman in history to achieve that feat. The 31-year old is also the reigning 200-metre World Champion and was preparing to defend her title at the 2013 World championships in Moscow, Russia.

Several well-known athletes have expressed surprise and support, over Campbell- Brown’s positive test for the banned substance, on social media websites, such as Twitter.

Jamaican-born, 400-metre Olympic Champion Sanya Richards-Ross of the United States has said the news has been hard to believe, while former 100-metre World Champion, Kim Collins of St Kitts and Nevis, tweeted: “My friend, we love you. Continue to hold your head high. This too, shall soon pass."

And at home in Jamaica, Minister with responsibility for Sports, Natalie Neita Headley, has said the Government awaits the outcome of the process, but emphasised that the state remains proud of all of the nation’s athletes and encouraged them to remain focused on the upcoming national junior and senior championships.

Campbell- Brown faces a two-year ban from athletics if found guilty.


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