It seems we will have to wait a while yet before we know for sure whether the recommendation by the local disciplinary panel on Mrs Veronica Campbell Brown's positive drug test will be ratified by the relevant international agencies.
Readers will be aware that, earlier this week, the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association's (JAAA's) panel recommended a public warning for Mrs Campbell Brown, who is among the nation's most decorated athletes.
She failed the drug test at the Jamaica International Invitational meet in May.
Mrs Campbell Brown — whose case was adjudicated by the illustrious team of former Chief Justice Mr Lensley Wolfe, president of the Medical Association of Jamaica Dr Aggrey Irons, and lawyer Mr Lincoln Eatman — must now await ratification from the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).
We are left to take some amount of comfort from reports that shortly after Mrs Campbell Brown's positive test an IAAF official had described the offence as "minor".
It would appear that the local adjudicating panel was convinced that the athlete was not seeking to gain an advantage from use of the offending substance.
And while it is said that Mrs Campbell Brown escaped with a warning from the local body, we must not forget that she missed most of the 2013 athletics season, including the IAAF World Championships in Moscow.
A difficulty for this newspaper, and the public in general, is that there is so much we do not know about the circumstances leading to Mrs Campbell Brown's positive test.
It seems to us that, even bearing in mind the legal considerations and constraints, Mrs Campbell Brown and her team -- which included former prime minister and esteemed Queen's Counsel Mr PJ Patterson -- should at some point consider throwing some light on how she came to transgress anti-doping rules.
We make the suggestion not out of idle curiosity, but with a view to helping our younger athletes avoid the many pitfalls.
We believe other Jamaican athletes who have fallen afoul of WADA's rules, including former world record holder in the men's 100-metre Mr Asafa Powell, and Olympic Games silver medallist Miss Sherone Simpson, could also assist in this manner.
The anti-doping agencies say that athletes must take responsibility for whatever enters their body. However, it is becoming increasingly obvious that, for many of our athletes, recognising and avoiding prohibited substances is by no means easy.
Any help and guidance our younger athletes can get from those such as Mrs Campbell Brown, et al, who have experienced the trauma, would be surely of great value.