I won't ever trust the system - VCB

December 09, 2015
Veronica Campbell-Brown

QUEENS, New York:

Many-time world and Olympic medallist, Veronica Campbell-Brown, said based on her own experience, she distrusts the way anti-doping measures are effected.

At the national championships in 2013, Campbell-Brown returned a positive test for diuretics (lasix) and was provisionally suspended.

She denied knowingly taking banned substances and was later cleared by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and issued a public warning.

Lasix, a potential masking agent, was contained in a cream the sprinter had used for treating a leg injury. An anti-doping panel ruled that she was not seeking any benefit for competition.

The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF) appealed the decision, but sport's Court of Arbitration (CAS) cleared Campbell-Brown of all charges, citing the JAAA's testing procedures for not being complicit with international standards.

As a consequence, she said she has no faith in the system and is urging fellow athletes to arm themselves with enough info to avoid making incorrect decisions pertaining to doping.

"You never know what's going on and, based on my experiences, I really do not trust the system and I won't ever trust the system," Campbell-Brown stated firmly.

"I do believe that God has blessed a lot of people and there are a lot of talented people out there and the great talent that we have makes for great competition."

She said the bad news isn't good for track and field.

"I do not follow the negative part of my sport too much because it is not good for us. It's not good for the upliftment of the sport," the 33-year-old pointed out.

"Track and field needs more support. We need more sponsors and, with the negative publicity that we're getting, it's not helping us, so I tend to just stay focused on me, and I just pray that people will be honest in what they're doing ."

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