Jamaican anti-doping errors led to sprinter's clearance: lawyer

Fri Mar 14, 2014 10:15pm EDT
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON, Jamaica (Reuters) - Mistakes made by Jamaican officials during anti-doping procedures, not technicalities, led to double Olympic 200 meters champion Veronica Campbell-Brown being cleared of doping charges, her lawyers said on Friday.

The errors included the failure to properly seal one of Campbell-Brown's partial urine samples and resulted in the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruling in favor of her appeal of a two-year ban, attorney Howard Jacobs told a news conference.

"Even though the (Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission) doping control officers were supposed to seal the first partial sample, so that it couldn't be tampered with, and so that it would be evident if someone tampered with it during the rest of the collection process, there was no seal used in this case," Jacobs said.

"So it's not a technicality, it's a fundamental point in anti-doping matters," he added.

Carey Brown, JADCO's executive director since October, declined to comment when asked about Jacobs' remarks.

Former Jamaican Prime Minister Percival James Patterson, another member of Campbell-Brown's legal team, said the mistakes seriously affected the anti-doping process.

"Once there are errors and violations in collecting the urine sample, there could be nothing for a proper examination by the lab in Montreal of neither the A or B samples," Patterson said.

Campbell-Brown, as she has throughout the process, denied on Friday she had cheated.   Continued...

Anguilla's Shinelle Proctor, Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown and Tianna Bartoletta of the U.S. (L-R) compete during the women's 60m heats at the world indoor athletics championships at the ERGO Arena in Sopot March 8, 2014. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez