by Jodee Brown
Three-time Olympic gold medalist, Veronica Campbell-Brown has earned a reprieve following her failed drug test in May after being handed a public warning by a Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel during a hearing Wednesday evening.
The panel determined that Campbell-Brown did not use the banned substance, furosemide for performance enhancement. The diuretic, often labeled as Lasix,triggered an adverse analytical finding during a drug test at the Jamaica International Invitational in May.
However, it was reported shortly after the failed test was revealed in June that Campbell-Brown had declared the substance and notified the proper authorities prior to the test, claiming she had used it for medical reasons.
The disciplinary panel said during its decision that the offence in question was not serious given the extenuating circumstances and that a public warning was the logical decision.
The ruling will now be sent to the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), track and field’s international governing body.
This news contrasts reports early this summer that Campbell-Brown would likely receive a six-month ban for the failed drug test.
Campbell-Brown won gold medals at the 200m and 4 by 100 women’s relay in the 2004 Olympics in Athens and retained her 200m title at Beijing 2008.