Jamaica's Campbell-Brown escapes ban for positive dope test

KINGSTON Wed Oct 2, 2013 10:54pm EDT

Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown celebrates after finishing third the women's 100m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 4, 2012. REUTERS/Mark Blinch

Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown celebrates after finishing third the women's 100m final during the London 2012 Olympic Games at the Olympic Stadium August 4, 2012.

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KINGSTON (Reuters) - Jamaica's twice 200 metres Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown has escaped with a public warning by the Jamaica Athletics Administration Association for her use of a banned substance.

Campbell-Brown was provisionally suspended in June after she failed a test for a banned diuretic at an athletics meeting in May and faced a three-member disciplinary panel last month.

The JAAA announced their decision on Wednesday.

"The disciplinary committee has issued a ruling that Veronica Campbell-Brown has committed an anti-doping violation, contrary to IAAF Rule 32.2a," the organisation said in a statement.

"They have recommended that a reprimand without any period of ineligibility would be appropriate."

Campbell-Brown had tested positive for the banned diuretic hydrochlorothiazide, which is on the World Anti-Doping Agency's banned list as a masking agent.

Sources close to Jamaican athletics told Reuters at the time the banned drug was contained in a cream that Campbell-Brown was using to treat a leg injury and which she had declared on her doping control form.

(Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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