Former Olympic gold medal-winning sprinter, Veronica Campbell-Brown has been fully cleared to compete in track and field once again after successfully appealing a suspension handed down by the IAAF for her failed drug test last spring, according to reports Monday.
Reports are that Campbell-Brown, who tested positive for a banned diuretic during an invitational meet in Jamaica last May, had initially been suspended for two years by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) as a result.
However, she successfully filed an appeal to the Court of Arbitration in Sports (CAS), who cleared her ‘100% of any wrong doing,’ according to the report.
Campbell-Brown issued a statement Monday morning in response to the decision to clear her, as published by The Guardian.
“The past several months of my life has brought me much pain and suffering,” she said. “However, my faith, family, friends and fans have stood by me as a source of encouragement and a reminder that God’s word is true in that He will never leave us nor forsake us.”
“The final court available to us as athletes have spoken and humbly I say they have confirmed my innocence. I harbor too much self-respect and a similar respect for the purity of competition to resort to illegal means to success. This same self-respect will now enable me to leave behind the insensitive and ill-informed media remarks and look towards returning to the track to give of my best to God’s glory.”
“I wish to specially mention my dear husband and coach Omar, my parents, Omar’s grandparents and my siblings for standing by me when I needed their strength. Thanks of course to my legal team … Their varying degree of expertise was invaluable to me during the journey to clear my name. To my management … your unwavering support was important as well. I would also like to thanks my prayer team of Pastor Maison and his wife … all the churches that has being praying for me. To my main sponsor Adidas I also say thanks.”
Campbell-Brown was issued a warning by a Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel in October, with the panel suggesting during its decision that the offence was not considered serious. Reports following her failed drug test revealed that Campbell-Brown notified authorities she was taking the diuretic to take care of a medical issue.
However, reports Thursday said the athlete had been slapped with a two-year ban by an IAAF doping review panel, a decision quickly contested by Campbell-Brown and her reps.
Campbell-Brown won the gold medal in the 200m during the 2004 and 2008 Olympic games, as well as the 4 by 100m relay in the former event in Athens. She is also a two-time world champion.