Veronica Campbell-Brown slams Jamaican Athletics and ‘false reporting’

• Sprinter successfully appealed against two-year ban for doping
• 'Not competing was financially and emotionally devastating'

The Jamaican sprinter Veronica Campbell-Brown, who last month was cleared to run again by the court of arbitration for sport after successfully appealing a two-year ban for doping, has attacked her country's athletics federation for not doing more to help her – and accused the press of "smearing" her.

In her first press conference since being cleared to compete again after testing positive for a banned diuretic last year, Campbell-Brown revealed that she had taken a lie-detector test to prove she was innocent of all charges and undergone a "financially and emotionally devastating" last few months.

"I was free even before the immaculate biological passport said I was free," she told reporters. "I was free even before the lie detector and CAS said I was free."

"My inability to defend my 200m title in Moscow was a huge loss. In fact, just being unable to compete was financially and emotionally devastating. This ordeal cost me in excess of 90% of my possible earnings. The ripple effect affected my charities, most notably my foundation."

Campbell-Brown also criticised the media, adding: "While I may have the spiritual strength and support to withstand your false reporting, some young boy or girl, if pulled into a similar situation, may not have the same strength and could be emotionally destroyed.

"What is another day of writing for you is another day of a person's life being destroyed by your baseless reporting."

Campbell-Brown, who won 200 metres gold at the Athens and Beijing Olympics, escaped with a reprimand from Jamaica's national federation last year following a positive test for a banned diuretic. However, the IAAF secretly banned her last month – a decision that was quickly overturned by a CAS arbitration meeting.

The sprinter has since run in the World Indoor Championships in Sopot last week, where she finished fifth, but it is clear that the last few months have left her angry and feeling unsupported. While accepting there were some good people at the Jamaican Athletics Administration Association, she also criticised it, saying: "I implore you to be more supportive of the athletes you govern. We need the confidence to know that you are working on our behalf and that we are in a partnership towards the better of Jamaican track and field and the sport in general."

Meanwhile Campbell-Brown's American-based attorney Howard Jacobs revealed more details behind her positive sample, which was collected on 4 May last year, and said the Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission was clearly at fault for not collecting her samples properly.

"The required collection procedures for how you go about collecting urine samples were not followed," he said. "When Veronica Campbell-Brown provided her sample on 4 May she was unable to provide a complete sample on one attempt ... because she wasn't able to, it's called under the Wada rules a partial sample and there are very specific rules for how a partial sample collection is supposed to go.

"The most important thing in anti-doping, you have to know that the integrity of the sample was maintained from the start of the process because, if you can't guarantee the integrity of the sample, then nothing after that matters because you can't say that it's her urine or that the sample wasn't tampered with. It's not a technicality; it's a fundamental point."

Jacobs also claimed that Campbell-Brown's results on a lie-detector exam provided further proof of her innocence.

"The lie-detector exam was conducted by Craig Harper who is a very qualified polygraph examiner – a former police officer in Orlando that she submitted to voluntarily," he said. "The exam lasted several hours. He asked her if she had ever used hydrochlorothiazide and she said she had not and he found her to be truthful. She then insisted that he went further and asked her if she had ever used any PED and he asked her and she said she had not and he found her to be truthful in that answer as well.

"Mr Harper said he analysed her scores for truthfulness and they were as high as he had ever seen. He said he had a second polygraph examiner check the data and he came to the same conclusion." © 2014 Guardian News and Media Limited or its affiliated companies. All rights reserved. | Use of this content is subject to our Terms & Conditions | More Feeds

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