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LONDON---The doping case involving
Jamaican sprint star Veronica Campbell-
Brown appears to involve a "lesser" offence
of unintentional use of a banned substance,
the sport s world governing body said yes-
The reigning 200-metre world champion
and three-time Olympic gold medalist was
suspended by Jamaica s national federation
on Tuesday pending an investigation into a
positive drug test.
Jamaican officials said Campbell-Brown,
the 2004 and 2008 Olympic champion in
the 200, tested positive for a banned diuretic
at a meet on the island in May.
The Jamaica Athletics Administrative
Association said she was suspended from
competition while a disciplinary panel
reviewed the case. The Jamaicans said the
matter is being handled according to rules
of the International Association of Athletics
"It is up to our member federations to
enforce our rules," IAAF spokesman Nick
Davies said. "Although we would not nor-
mally comment on active cases (we) would
simply remind media to keep (a) sense of
perspective---all evidence seems to point to
this offense being a lesser one."
The sanction for a lesser offence can be
a reduced penalty---a suspension of a few
months to a year or a public warning---rather
than a standard two-year ban.
Dr Herb Elliott, chairman of the Jamaica
Anti-Doping Commission, said the banned
substance found in Campbell-Brown s sam-
ples at the Jamaica International Invitational
was a diuretic. He declined to provide the
name of the substance.
Diuretics can be used to mask the use of
Under the World Anti-Doping Code, some
diuretics are classified as a "specified sub-
stance," a designation for drugs that might
have been consumed without intent to
Athletes can receive a reduced sanction
if they can prove how a substance was ingest-
ed.In 2009, Jamaican sprinter Yohan Blake
and three other Jamaicans received reduced
suspensions of three months after testing
positive for a banned stimulant. Blake won
the 100-meter world title in 2010 and fin-
ished second behind Usain Bolt in the 100
and 200 at last year s London Olympics.
The 31-year-old Campbell-Brown has
won seven Olympic medals in all.
Campbell-Brown s manager, Claude Bryan,
said the accusation came as a "shock to her"
and the sprinter is determined to clear her
"Veronica is not a cheat, she has, via hard
work and dedication, accomplished a record
on the track which is absolutely remarkable,"
Bryan said in a statement Tuesday.
He said Campbell-Brown does not accept
"guilt of willfully taking a banned substance."
In addition to her two individual Olympic
titles, Campbell-Brown also won gold in the
4x100 relay at the Athens Games. In London,
she won bronze in the 100 and silver as part
of the 4x100 relay team. (AP)
KINGSTON---Injury concerns have forced dou-
ble Olympic silver medalist Yohan Blake to
pull out of the Jamaica National Senior Cham-
pionship scheduled to begin today.
Manager Cubie Seegobin says the Jamaican
sprinter has not fully recovered from a hamstring
injury he suffered in April to run the 200m
rounds this week.
"Yohan Blake has withdrawn from the Nation-
al Championships," Seegobin confirmed in an
interview with The Gleaner.
"Yohan s coach (Glen Mills) is not satisfied
with the progress of his (Blake s) injury and
hence his level of fitness will not allow him to
compete at this time".
Blake is expected to concentrate his efforts
on defending his 100 metres title at this sum-
mer s IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
The sprinter does not have to qualify to com-
pete in the 100m in Moscow, since his status
as the defending champion allows him automatic
entry to the August 10-18 championships.
"We will continue to assess the situation and
re-evaluate as we approach the World Cham-
pionships," said Seegobin.
Blake was hoping to qualify to compete in
the 200m at the World Championships.
Since pulling up at the UTech Classic in April,
Blake has only made one appearance---a 20.72-
second effort in a 200m at the Jamaica All
Comers meet earlier this month.
Blake is the second-fastest man in history in
both the 100m and the 200m with personal
best times of 9.69 (100m) and 19.26 (200m).
legend Kim Collins
is to be inducted
into the Texas
ty s Hall of Fame
during an official
ceremony later this
competed for the
TCU Horned Frogs
and received six All-America honours, will be
inducted into their letterman s Hall of Fame
along with six other former TCU athletes.
The 37-year-old Former World Champion
attended TCU between 1999 and 2001 and
became one the school s top sprinters.
He won his three NCAA championships in
his final season in the indoor 60-and 200-
metre events and the outdoor 4x100-metre
relay and is one of only three Frogs ever to claim
more than one national title.
The St Kitts-Nevis hero, who boasts seven
world Championship Medals, five outdoor and
two indoor, remains one of the World s Top
Sprinters with a sprint career that runs nearly
His most recent meet saw him placing an
impressive third in 10.04 secs behind Justin
Gatlin and Frenchman Chris Lematrie at the
World Challenge meet in France earlier this
Collins, who represented his country in four
Summer Olympics and eight consecutive edi-
tions of the World Championships, will be hon-
ored in a ceremony and banquet at TCU s
Brown-Lupton University Union on October 10
this year. (CMC)
from J'ca Champs
Collins to be inducted
into TCU's hall of Fame
IAAF: Jamaican case
appears to be 'lesser' offence
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