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UPDATE - Several blunders made by JADCO says Veronica Campbell Brown's lawyers

Friday, March 14, 2014 | 3:19 PM    

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VCB took polygraph test

KINGSTON, Jamaica - “Several blunders by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) in the collection of the urine sample of Veronica Campbell-Brown and not technicalities exonerated the athlete from any doping violations."

That was the view expressed by Campbell Brown’s legal team at a press conference today at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel. 

These gross violations in the taking of the urine sample urged lead counsel and former Prime Minister Percival (PJ) Patterson of Jamaica to comment: “After that ‘everything’ crash”.

Three urine samples were sent to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) accredited lab in Canada while the athlete admitted to providing only two samples during testing. The third sample VCB’s legal team said was a mystery.

Campbell Brown’s legal team also informed that during the doping case, a member of JADCO admitted that the urine samples were left unattended which was a violation of the proper procedure pertaining to the chain of custody.

“Once there are errors and violations in the collection and storage of the urine samples, there could be nothing left for a proper examination by the lab in Montreal of neither, the A or B samples,” Patterson pointed out.

“What gone bad a morning, can’t come good ‘a’ evening,” Patterson said.

Nicola Foga, another of Campbell-Brown attorneys said nothing was sinister about the in camera hearing as they had nothing to hide. In fact, she said that was the decision of the local governing Jamaica Administrative Athletic Association (JAAA).

Campbell-Brown chided the local media for false and baseless reporting and her silence was simply because she was busy with her legal team preparing to fight the case.

VCB revealed that she took a polygraph (lie-detector test) that further proved her innocence from renowned police polygraphist, Craig Harper in Florida.

Meanwhile, it was revealed that two of the three member JAAA Disciplinary Panel thought VCB had breach the rules but chairman former Chief Justice Lensley Wolfe overruled them and concluded that the athlete should not be sanctioned and all charges against her dismissed.

HOWARD WALKER

OBSERVER STAFF REPORTER

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