The Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission (JADCO) has admitted to procedural breaches during its collecting of a sample from two-time 200 metres Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown in 2013.
The 31-year-old Jamaican athletics great’s sample, taken at last May’s Jamaica Invitational Meet in Kingston, tested positive for a diuretic HCT and resulted in her being handed a two-year ban by the IAAF, which was overturned in February by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
CAS were scathing in their written report, released on Tuesday, outlining the reasons for finding in Campbell-Brown’s favour.
They described as “deplorable and gives rise to the most serious concerns about the overall integrity of the Jamaican Athletics Administrative Association’s (JAAA) anti-doping processes”.
JADCO issued a statement on Wednesday admitting the error, saying it “acknowledges that some procedures carried out in the sample collection process on May 4, 2013, at the Jamaica Invitational Meet at the National Stadium, in Kingston, Jamaica, were inconsistent with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) International Standards”.
It came out during the hearing that Campbell-Brown – only the second woman athlete after East German Barbel Wockel (1976/80) to win successive 200m Olympic titles when she won in 2004 and 2008 – failed to pass the required amount of urine on her first attempt.
She was allowed to keep the container to pass the additional amount, which is against international standards.
Doping Control Officer Dr Paul Wright testified at the Campbell-Brown hearing that WADA told them that if the required amount of urine was not passed on the first attempt it could be kept for the additional amount.
However, JADCO said there was “no documentation in existence at JADCO, indicating that WADA gave the Commission permission to deviate from the standard”.
The organisation said that having been restructured, it was continuing to “refine and upgrade its operational procedures to remove any weaknesses”.