Kingston - Embattled Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown's manager
emphatically denied on Tuesday that the twice Olympic 200 metres gold
medallist was a drugs cheat.
"That she should now be accused of infringing on anti-doping rules is a
shock to her," Claude Bryan said in a statement after the Jamaican
Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) provisionally suspended the
world champion following a positive test for a banned diuretic at a
meeting last month.
"Veronica is not a cheat, she has via hard work and dedication
accomplished a record on the track which is absolutely remarkable,"
"Her faith which rest not in device or creed will see her through this dark period."
The JAAA said the Caribbean island's most successful female athlete had
voluntarily withdrawn from competition pending a hearing, adding that
she would "vigorously pursue the clearing of her name".
The 31-year-old Campbell-Brown, the first Jamaican athlete to win a
global 100 metres title, tested positive for a diuretic, which can be
used to mask the use of performance-enhancing drugs, at the
International Invitational World Challenge on May 4.
Sources close to Jamaican athletics told Reuters that the banned drug
was contained in a cream which Campbell-Brown was using to treat a leg
injury that she had declared on her doping control form.
They said an important factor was whether or not the banned drug
appeared on the label of the cream. The World Anti-Doping Agency has a
strict liability policy under which athletes are held responsible for
any drug found in their body.
"While not accepting guilt of willfully taking a banned substance she
wholeheartedly apologises to her family, Jamaica, her sponsors, the
governing body, the world athletics family, her supporters as well as
those she worked with in various non-athletic causes for any
embarrassment and or hurt this devastating news has caused," Bryan said.
"She remains an ardent believer in the purity of competition, the beauty
of the sport and resolute in the fact that unearned suffering has