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Saturday, June 15, 2013

IAAF to announce Campbell-Brown's fate next week

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) is expected to make an announcement on the future of Jamaican track star Veronica Campbell Brown by early next week. Jamaicans were left in shock after confirmation came last night that Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned substance at the Jamaica Invitational Meet on May 4. Last night on The Gleaner's Twitter and Facebook pages, Jamaicans expressed shock and dismay at the development. Campbell-Brown's A sample revealed the presence of a diuretic, which acts as a masking agent and is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency. Diuretics are used to cause the excess release fluids from the body primarily through urination, as a result, decreasing the ability to detect performance enhancement drugs. She travelled to Montreal, Canada, with her management team on Thursday, ahead of the B sample results which, on Friday, confirmed the positive finding. Campbell-Brown was informed of the finding on June 3 and her sponsors have reportedly since been updated. The athlete has withdrawn from the Edmonton International Track Classic, which is scheduled for June 29 at Foote Field in Canada. She will also miss next weekend's National Senior Championships and consequently the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.