Campbell-Brown Denies Being A Drugs Cheat

Veronica Campbell-Brown denies being a drugs cheat and the two-time Olympic and reigning 200m world champion has been left in ‘shock’ by her failed doping test, according to her manager.

The 31-year-old has been provisionally suspended due to an ongoing case against her, according to the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and the management company of Campbell-Brown, On Track Management, responded with a statement. Her manager Claude Bryan remarked Veronica is not a cheat, she has via hard work and dedication accomplished a record on the track which is absolutely remarkable.

It is believed the banned drug was contained in a cream which Campbell-Brown was using to treat a leg injury and which she had declared on her doping control form.

The athlete, who won the Olympic 200m title in both 2004 and 2008, is reported to have failed a drugs test for a banned diuretic commonly used as a masking agent and had voluntarily withdrawn from competition following the positive test. One of the biggest star of women’s sprinting over the past decade, Campbell-Brown has won seven Olympic medals in all, and been crowned world champion in both the 100m and 200m, taking the latter world title in Daegu in 2011 and she helped her country win silver in the 4x100m relay and bronze in the 100m in the London Olympics last year. She was the first Jamaican athlete, male or female to win a global 100 meters title.

A statement reads the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association can now confirm that a case concerning Veronica Campbell-Brown is currently ongoing and the matter is being handled according to the IAAF rules. It added Campbell-Brown has been provisionally suspended from competition awaiting the outcome of the disciplinary panel that will be empanelled to hear this case and the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association wish to point out that Veronica Campbell-Brown voluntarily withdrew herself from competition and accepted the provisional suspension.

Bryan remarked that the athlete has had good success on the track, and on the other she has always stood for and carried herself with dignity and that she should now be accused of infringing on anti-doping rules is a shock to her, her loyal supporters and many others in not just sports, but also the other spheres into which she has extended herself to help. Her manager remarked that the athlete’s faith which rest not in device or creed will see her through this dark period and added that 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 willfully taking a banned substance, she wholeheartedly apologizes to her family, Jamaica, her sponsors, the governing body, the world athletics family, her supporters, as well as those she worked with in various non-athletic causes for any embarrassment and or hurt this devastating news has caused. Bryan also added that the Jamaican runner remains an ardent believer in the purity of competition, the beauty of the sport and resolute in the fact that unearned suffering has redemptive qualities and she will begin the process of clearing her name.

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