Three-time Olympic Gold medalist, Veronica Campbell-Brown has been provisionally suspended by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) following her positive test for a banned substance last month.
Campbell-Brown, who is the reigning 200m world champion has accepted the suspension, according to the JAAA in a statement issued Tuesday afternoon. The local athletics board confirmed that Campbell-Brown also withdrew voluntarily from competition and stated that they are investigating an ongoing case involving the accomplished sprinter.
“We also wish to point out that Mrs Veronica Campbell-Brown voluntarily withdrew herself from competition and accepted the provisional suspension,” JAAA President, Dr. Warren Blake said in the statement. “Further statements by us will await the outcome of this case.”
Earlier on Tuesday, it was revealed by the Jamaica Gleaner that Campbell-Brown notified anti-doping officials that she had been using a banned substance for medical reasons prior to an adverse analytical finding discovered in her ‘A’ sample from a drug test last month at the Jamaica International Invitational. Despite declaring this product before the test, she is still expected to face a hearing as no Theraputic Use Exemption (TUE) was used, which allows athletes to use some banned substances for medical conditions.
On Friday, reports emerged that Campbell Brown’s ‘B’ sample contained the banned substance, Lasix, a water pill that contains the diuretic, furosemide, which is viewed as a masking agent for performance enhancing drugs.