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Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown denies doping charge

Reigning 200m world champion, in 'shock' over the charges, has been provisionally suspended.

Veronica Campbell-Brown has been alleged to have used a banned diuretic commonly used as a masking agent.
Veronica Campbell-Brown has been alleged to have used a banned diuretic commonly used as a masking agent.

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

The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) confirmed the 31 year old has been provisionally suspended due to an ongoing case against her, and Campbell-Brown's management company On Track Management responded with a statement released to the Jamaica Observer.

"Veronica is not a cheat, she has via hard work and dedication accomplished a record on the track which is absolutely remarkable," her manager Claude Bryan said.

Campbell-Brown, 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.

The JAAA earlier said she had voluntarily withdrawn from competition following the positive test.

"The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association can now confirm that a case concerning Mrs Veronica Campbell-Brown is currently ongoing," a statement read. "The matter is being handled according to the IAAF rules.

"She has been provisionally suspended from competition awaiting the outcome of the disciplinary panel that will be empanelled to hear this case.

"We also wish to point out that Mrs Veronica Campbell-Brown voluntarily withdrew herself from competition and accepted the provisional suspension."

Bryan insisted his client would fight to clear her name.

"There are two things that are unmistakable about Veronica Campbell Brown," the statement continued. "On one hand she has had good success on the track, and on the other she has always stood for and carried herself with dignity.

"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 faith which rest not in device or creed will see her through this dark period.

"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 wilfully taking a banned substance, she wholeheartedly apologises 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.

"She 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. She will begin the process of clearing her name."

Campbell-Brown has arguably been the biggest star of women's sprinting over the past decade.

During that time she 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.

In the London Olympics last year, she helped her country win silver in the 4x100m relay and bronze in the 100m.


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