Athletics: Panel clears Campbell-Brown for competition 5 months after positive test
KINGSTON, JAMAICA (AP) - A Jamaican disciplinary panel gave three-time Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown a public warning Wednesday and cleared her to return to competition some five months after she returned a positive doping test on the Caribbean island.
Campbell-Brown, one of the cornerstones of Jamaica's recent sprinting success, returned a positive test for a banned diuretic at the Jamaica International Invitational meet in May. She was suspended from competition while the disciplinary committee reviewed the case and missed Jamaica's national championships to try and qualify for this summer's worlds in Moscow.
In a statement, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association said its disciplinary committee "recommended that a reprimand without any period of ineligibility would be appropriate". It ruled that Campbell-Brown "committed an anti-doping violation" but did not use the banned substance for performance enhancement.
A few weeks after Campbell-Brown's test, Jamaican sprinting stars Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson also tested positive for a banned substance and didn't attend the world championships in Moscow. The incidents shocked many in Jamaica, where global domination in sprinting is a huge source of national pride.