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Major roadblocks in Veronica Campbell-Brown doping hearing

Published:Monday | September 2, 2013 | 4:59 PM

Andre Lowe, Senior Staff Reporter

The Veronica Campbell-Brown doping case hit major roadblocks earlier today, with what one source has described as a ‘disgraceful’ lack of preparation by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association and the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission.

Campbell-Brown, a Jamaican Olympian, was tested positive for a banned substance at the May 4 Jamaica International Invitational and was later provisionally suspended pending the outcome of the hearing.

The hearing started this morning behind closed doors at a private property owned by Attorney-at-Law Winston Spaulding on Balmoral Avenue in St Andrew.

However, not much was accomplished after it was revealed that several crucial documents such as the chain of custody forms for the sample taken from the athlete as well as witness statements had not been prepared and presented.

According to information reaching The Gleaner, the revelation brought the ire of Campbell-Brown’s attorney, former Prime Minister of Jamaica, P.J. Patterson.

The hearing, which continues tomorrow, was adjourned after two-and-a-half hours.

Campbell Brown was tested positive for a diuretic which may be regarded as a masking agent for performance-enhancing substances.


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