Dr Blake confirms JAAA still awaiting VCB's official B sample result

Dr Blake confirms JAAA still awaiting VCB's official B sample result

BY PAUL A REID Observer writer

Saturday, June 29, 2013

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MONTEGO BAY, St James — The Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) is still awaiting the official result of Veronica Campbell Brown's 'B' sample from the Montreal Laboratory and instructions from the athlete before taking the next step.

Dr Warren Blake, president of the JAAA, told the Jamaica Observer yesterday that they were still awaiting the official result of the B sample before they could do anything further.

"We have to follow protocol," he said. "We still have not received the official result of the test yet and so we cant do anything before that."

Further, Dr Blake said they were waiting on the athlete and her management team before they could convene a panel to hear the circumstances of how the drug got into her system.

"The athlete has to ask for a hearing before we can put together a panel," he said. "What if when the result come back she accepts it and does not ask for a hearing?"

The JAAA and Campbell Brown's camp acknowledged two weeks ago that she was the Jamaican female sprinter who had failed a drug test at the Jamaica International Invitational held in Kingston on May 4.

News had broken about a week before about the failed drug test and since then the International Associations of Athletics Federation (IAAF) had also taken an unusual step, commenting on an ongoing investigation, calling for balance and saying the substance involved was "a minor" one.

The JAAA had been instructed to carry out the hearing into the matter by the IAAF.

Campbell Brown's failed drug test had sent shock waves around the track and field world and her management team had described it as "a dark period" and vowed to fight to clear her name.

The incident has put the brakes on her illustrious career after she voluntarily withdrew from competition until the matter is cleared. She missed last weekend's National Senior Trials and will also miss the IAAF World Championships in Moscow in August.

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