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Monday 21, Apr 2014

  Operations Of JADCO Questioned By CAS

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Operations Of JADCO Questioned By CAS

Jamaican anti-doping officials have been blasted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) for mishandling of a drug test by Veronica Campbell-Brown. The Jamaican sprinter was banned for two years but appealed to the CAS against the doping ban.

In a scathing 58-page report explaining the decision to uphold the appeal of the three-time Olympic gold medalist, the CAS cited errors in the collection and handling of the urine sample of Campbell-Brown last year that may have resulted in its contamination. CAS said the evidence before the panel in this case establishes that the JAAA (Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association) has persistently failed to comply with the mandatory partial testing. It was added that systematic and knowing failure, for which no reasonable explanation has been advanced, is deplorable and gives rise to the most serious concerns about the overall integrity of the JAAA’s anti-doping processes, as exemplified in this case by the flaws in JADCO’s (Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission) sample collection and its documentation.

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) expressed confidence that the errors would not be repeated in the future. The anti-doping agency concurred that mistakes were made in the case of Campbell-Brown that were fundamental to the integrity of the testing process. In a statement, WADA said we responded to past concerns in Jamaica by initiating a partnership with the Canadian Centre for Ethics in Sport (CCES) to mentor and assist JADCO in developing their anti-doping programs and WADA as a result is confident that such mistakes will not be repeated again.

Campbell-Brown on May 4 returned a positive test for hydrochlorothiazide at the Jamaica International Invitational meeting in Kingston and in October was given a public reprimand by a JAAA disciplinary panel. However, a doping review board of the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) recommended a ban of two years after which Campbell-Brown appealed the ban. The sprinter’s lawyers argued that international standards were violated during her sample collection and this resulted in compromising the integrity of the samples.

Meanwhile, Jamaican athletics federation president Warren Blake has remarked the problems were now in the past. In late 2013, the anti-doping efforts of Jamaica underwent a big overhaul with the entire JADCO board resigning and the appointment of a new executive director. Blake said this speaks to the situation that existed last year and the question was the use of partial sample kits and added his understanding is that JADCO does in fact have partial sample kits now. Blake also questioned as to why the Jamaica Athletic Administrative Association was mentioned in the report when the testing was done by Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission.

Recently, elite coach Stephen Francis called for Jamaican officials to disband their anti-doping agency and contract testing to agencies in other countries that was disagreed by Blake and Natalie Neita-Headley, the Jamaican minister responsible for sports. Blake remarked many things have changed with JADCO and he is not going to be supporting taking our testing out of our country and giving it to strangers while Neita-Headley said we need to have a anti-doping commission that works and that’s what we are working at with a sporting program like ours and with the success we have attained.

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Saturday 05, Oct 2013

  Doping Ban Avoided By Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

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Doping Ban Avoided By Three-Time Olympic Gold Medalist

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown has received only a public warning from a Jamaican disciplinary panel. The athlete was suspended after returning a positive test for a banned diuretic at the Jamaica International Invitational meet in May.

The Jamaican athlete is now cleared to make a return to competition five months after she returned a positive doping test. Campbell-Brown missed the Jamaica’s national championships and the chance to race at the 2013 world championships in Moscow. The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association said in a statement that its disciplinary committee recommended that a reprimand without any period of ineligibility would be appropriate. The disciplinary panel ruled that the athlete committed an anti-doping violation but the use of banned substance was for not performance enhancement.

In June this year, a spokesman for the IAAF said the athlete’s case appeared to involve a lesser offense of unintentional use of a banned substance.

Campbell-Brown tested positive for the diuretic Furosemide, a banned substance that is often marketed under the name Lasix. Furosemide is a diuretic which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) banned list because it can be used as a masking agent to conceal the presence of performance enhancing drugs. The athlete and her management team travelled to Canada to have her ‘B’ sample analyzed at the WADA-accredited laboratory in Montreal but she was notified that the second test had confirmed the original adverse finding.

Jamaica’s most decorated female athlete, Campbell-Brown is an online diarist for the International Association of Athletics Federations and a Goodwill Ambassador for UNESCO. In 2000, she became the first female to win the sprint double at the IAAF World Junior Championships and the following year, she was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for the most outstanding athlete of the 2001 CARIFTA Games. At the 2004 Athens Olympics, Veronia Campbell-Brown decimated the field in the 200m finals defeating favorite American Allyson Felix to become the first Jamaican and Caribbean National to win in the history of the games to won a sprint Olympic title. She won the silver medal in the 100 m at the 2005 World Championships in Athletics and a silver medal in the 4 x 100 m relay.

The athlete from Jamaica won three medals with a gold in the 100 m, a silver in the 200 m, and a silver in the 4 x 100 m relay at the 2007 World Championships. At the 208 Olympics, Veronica Campbell-Brown defended her Olympic 200 m title in a new personal best time of 21.74 s. In the 4x100m finals, the athletics star teamed up with Aleen Bailey, Tayna Lawrence, and Sherone Simpson to win the women 4x100m. Track and Field News, at the end of the 2008 season, selected her as the top 200 m runner in the world as well as the fourth best in the 100 m (following three other Jamaicans). Campbell-Brown won her first World Indoor 60m Gold medal in a time of 7.00 in 2010 and then went on to get the time of 21.98 (200 m) in New York.

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Friday 19, Jul 2013

  News Conference Walkout After Doping Questions

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News Conference Walkout After Doping Questions

On Thursday, Carmelita Jeter of the United States and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce of Jamaica walked out of a news conference after they were asked about the environment in their teams after the recent failed doping tests for Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell. The sprinters had requested not to be quizzed about doping but abruptly get up and left after they were asked about doping.

Powell, the former 100-meter record holder, and Gay, who won the 100 and 200 meters in the U.S. trials last month, were notified of a positive doping test by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) earlier this month. Tyson Gay may face a ban of two years if his ‘B’ sample also proves positive.

Powell and Sherone Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, tested positive for the stimulant Oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships last month. In May, Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic.

However, Australian hurdler Sally Pearson, American high jumper Brigetta Barrett, and sprinter Justin Gatlin didn’t follow Carmelita Jeter of the United States and Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and didn’t shy away from discussing the issue of doping.

Gatlin, a former Olympic and world champion who was suspended for four years after testing positive for a banned substance in 2006, remarked you have to make sure that you’re responsible for what’s going into your body and who’s around you. He added that is one thing that he has learnt when everything happened with him and said you got to move forward.

Barrett, who won the U.S. trials with a personal best of 2.04, said he had not expected the doping test announcements and said you are always shocked by the news when your ‘heroes’ have fallen and it does feel like a shock because he didn’t expect those people to have a positive test. Barrett added that his heart and prayers go out to Gay and anybody else having to deal with the consequences of a positive test result and went on to remark that he can only pray that they could deal with it with grace and that other people can treat them accordingly.

Pearson highlighted the work of anti-doping authorities around the world while saying doping has returned to plague the image of the sport. He said it is disappointing that these things happen but at the same time, she guesses it’s good that whatever doping agency is doing it is keeping on top of the athletes. Pearson added it is a shame that you have to talk about it and it’s a shame that you have to comment on it and have a feeling and an opinion about what’s happened, because it’s hard as we know these athletes personally as well and it can be difficult.

In another development, Olympic discus thrower Traves Smikle became the fourth Jamaican athlete in four days to have a positive doping test. Smikle said he did not knowingly ingest a banned substance and said in a statement that he as an athlete takes responsibility for whatever is found in his body but he would like to say that he did not knowingly or willfully ingest any banned substance.

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Sunday 23, Jun 2013

  Doping Case Of Jamaican Runner Appears To Be A Minor Offense

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The doping case involving Jamaican star runner Veronica Campbell-Brown was “minor” and suggested that the reaction has been heightened due to the athlete’s international status, said an official of track and field’s world governing body, the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

The runner tested positive at the Jamaica International Invitational on May 4 for a banned substance that is believed to be a diuretic, triggering widescale international reaction, much of which was disproportionate to the offense, according to IAAF spokesman Nick Davies.

Davies remarked we can acknowledge that there is a case, but also take the opportunity to urge a sense of perspective and this seems from evidence to be a minor doping offense according to our rules, so we want to remain realistic in our reaction, pending the conclusion of the case. The IAAF spokesman also added that although we would not normally comment on active cases, all evidence seems to point to this offence being a lesser one. He also added that the situation has taken on great interest because of the international profile and appeal of Campbell-Brown and said there has been a disproportionate reaction, probably due to the fact that the athlete is a prominent Jamaican sprinter and it is very unfortunate when there are leaks (of information) – as has been the case here – since this is bad both for the athlete affected and for the sport in general.

As opposed to the mandatory two-year ban for serious cases, the penalty for minor offenses can range from a public warning to a suspension of a few months. Meanwhile, the management team of the runner released a statement acknowledging the positive test while pleading the athlete’s innocence of knowingly taking a banned substance while the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association said the current 200m World champion and a seven-time Olympic medalist was suspended from competition, pending the decision of a disciplinary panel, which will shortly review the case. The JAAA release said we also wish to point out that Veronica Campbell-Brown voluntarily withdrew herself from competition and accepted the provisional suspension.

Doping Case Of Jamaican Runner Appears To Be A Minor Offense

It is rumored that the banned drug was contained in a cream which Campbell-Brown, the first Jamaican athlete, male or female to win a global 100 meters title, was using to treat a leg injury and which she had declared on her doping control form. The Jamaican track and field sprint athlete who specializes in the 100 and 200 meters denied knowingly taking a banned substance Lasix, which also goes by the name Furosemide.

Veronica Campbell-Brown, one of only eight athletes to win world championships at the youth, junior, and senior level of an athletic event, is the second woman in history to win two consecutive Olympic 200 m events, after Bärbel Wöckel of Germany at the 1976 and 1980 Olympics. The Jamaican sprint legend in 2001 was awarded the Austin Sealy Trophy for the most outstanding athlete of the 2001 CARIFTA Games and she won 3 gold medals (100m, 200m, and 4x100m relay) in the junior (U-20) category the same year.

The popular runner is expected to miss the 14th IAAF World Championship in Moscow in August this year.

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Thursday 20, Jun 2013

  Campbell-Brown Denies Being A Drugs Cheat

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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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Thursday 02, Oct 2008

  Hints, allegations on track athletes’ steroid use

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carl-lewis-steroidsWe’ve posted Carl Lewis’ controversial comments on the Caribbean athletes’ possible use of anabolic steroids and other performance-enhancing drugs. According to Lewis, his suspicion is based on the fact that Caribbean nations do not have adequate anti-doping program.

Former BALCO boss Victor Conte has pretty much hinted the same thing that the superior performance of Caribbean athletes on the track could be partly due to illegal compounds.

Both were particularly suspicious of Usain Bolt’s impressive performance in Beijing.

Now, it’s Jamaica-strikes-back scenario.

In Jamaica, it is now Carl Lewis trashing season. Allegations on Lewis’ doping activity are splayed on the local media.

In a recent telephone interview, Bolt has shrugged off Lewis’ comments in a recent telephone interview.

“I know I’m clean. I work hard for what I want,” said the Jamaican track superstar.

“I know what he said. To me it doesn’t really matter what he said, a lot of people were saying that.”

When Veronica Campbell-Brown, the five-time Olympic medalist from Jamaica, recently talked about the possibility of use of PEDs during the 1980s, the name of American track icon Florence Griffith-Joyner has come up. Campbell-Brown said that it was not for her to say that the world records set at that period when Flo-Jo has reigned were tainted, but acknowledged that it was a possibility.

Campbell-Brown has retained her Olympic title in the 200m in Beijing, but her run of 21.74 seconds – her personal best – is still slower by 0.4 seconds of Flo-Jo’s 1988 record. This is a very, very significant margin which has prompted many women athletes to consider Flo-Jo’s times as “men’s” records.

Excerpts from Caymanian Compass’ report:

“Everybody wants to watch a world record,” Campbell–Brown told BBC Sport. “The men enjoy all the glamour because they’re capable of breaking world records. Women don’t have that luxury.”

In Olympic track and field disciplines, the only women’s world records to have been set in the last 20 years have come in modified or recently added events.

Today’s competitors, in fact, are not even threatening the majority of records from the 1980s.

This has led many observers to suggest those records are suspicious and may have been achieved with the use of illegal, performance–enhancing drugs.

Perhaps the most suspicious, and iconic, of those records is Griffith–Joyner’s 10.49 for the 100m.

The American smashed the previous mark by a staggering 0.27 seconds in the quarter–finals of the US Olympic Trials in 1988.

It was also a half–second faster than she had ever run prior to that season, and it came after a three–year break from the sport.

Aged 28 at the time, she would quit athletics two months later, shortly before the introduction of out–of–competition drug testing.

At the age of 38, Flo-Jo died and her unexpected demise has fuelled the rumors that she was using illicit drugs. It was reported the cause of her death was that she had suffocated in her pillow during a severe epileptic seizure.

Many believed that Flo-Jo’s world record at the 100m event could have been wind-aided or steroid-assisted, or both. The remarkable development of her physique and performance had raised many eyebrows. In 1988, she displayed dramatic gains in muscle mass and definition. It was noted that prior to the 1988 season, Flo-Jo’s best at the 100m was 10.96; in 1988 she upgraded that by 0.47 seconds. Likewise, her pre-1988 best at 200m was 21.96; in1988 she improved that to 21.34.