REPORTS of Jamaican superstar Veronica Campbell-Brown’s failed drug test might have been blown way out of proportion. A well-placed source close to the issue told the Sunday Observer yesterday that the situation might have grown out of proportion and the reports of dire consequences and banishment of up to two years could be premature. “No serious drugs were involved, no PEDs (performance Enhancing Drugs) were involved, that’s all I will say,” the source, who spoke on the condition of anonymity, said. After the ‘B’ sample came back positive, Campbell-Brown will next face a Jamaica Anti-doping Commission’s panel, before which she will explain how the substance got into her system.
According to the source, she could receive a three-month ban or even a public reprimand. The source added that she was expected to be back in competition again soon.
Campbell-Brown won a bronze medal in the 100 metres and a silver as part of the Jamaica team that ran a national record 41.41 seconds in the 4x100m relay, but was a disappointing fourth in the 200 metres as she sought to create history by being the first woman to win three straight Olympic 200m gold medals after victories in the previous two Olympics.
Campbell-Brown told reporters in London that she has missed significant training time leading up to the games, for a medical condition which the Sunday Observer found out to be low blood pressure.
Reports of Campbell-Brown’s failure of a drug test at the Jamaica International Invitational (JII) meet surfaced last Thursday and just over 24 hours later it was heard that the ‘B’ sample had also returned a positive test at the IAAF certified laboratory in Montreal, Canada.
Reports have also said that the multiple Olympic and World Championships medalist had tested positive for a diuretic, a possible masking agent for the use of steroids.
The reports of the failed drugs test had resulted in widespread hysteria among Campbell-Brown’s legions of fans all over the island and even overseas expressing a wide range of emotions on the social networks.