Jamaica dope test flaws

Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown.
AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian
AP Photo/Kevork Djansezian

The Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission (JADC) has conceded that some procedures carried out while collecting samples for testing last year were not consistent with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The statement came after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) slammed Jamaica over blatant flaws in the dope test collection procedures of Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown, who was banned for two years for a positive test for the diuretic HCT after competing in a national meeting in Kingston Jamaica on May 4, 2013.

The Court of Arbitration released its full report explaining the decision to uphold the three-time Olympic gold medalist’s appeal against the two-year doping ban.

The runner was cleared by CAS in late February, but the reasons have not been released until now.

The sports highest appeals body said because of flaws in the test collection procedures and possible “environmental contamination.”

The CAS panel outlined “deplorable” mistakes by Jamaican athletes and anti-doping officials in the collection of the athlete’s first partial sample. CAS said the errors could have led to the sample being contaminated by water or sweat containing a banned substance.

The athlete, who denied intentionally taking a banned substance, was initially suspended provisionally by the IAAF and unable to defend her 200-metre title at the world championships in Moscow last September. The Jamaican disciplinary panel ruled that she had not committed a doping violation and gave her only a reprimand.

The International Association of Athletes Federations contested the finding and ordered the Jamaican federation to impose a two-year suspension.

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