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Olympic and World Champion Jamaican Sprinter Fails Drugs Test

Olympic and World Champion Jamaican Sprinter Fails Drugs Test

Veronica Campbell-Brown

No, it's not that one. But this is highly unwelcome news for the world of athletics. Veronica Campbell-Brown, the double Olympic and double World Championships gold medal winning 200m and 100m sprinter has been suspended for failing a drugs test and is currently being investigated by the The Jamaican Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA).

The 31-year-old denies any wrong doing but has accepted the suspension pending a further investigation. Jamaica's first world sprint champion tested positive for a diuretic, which can be used to mask the use of performance-enhancing drugs, at the International Invitational World Challenge on 4 May, but the JAAA have only chosen to disclose the identity of the failed test now.

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According to sources close to Jamaican athletics, she is cliaming that the banned diuretic was contained in a cream which she had been using to treat a leg injury and which she had declared on her doping control form. In any event, it is a disturbing development in the ongoing struggle against doping in sport.

H/T The Guardian

Declan Johnston

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