I don’t trust the system – VCB

first_imgQUEENS, New York: ONE of the world’s leading athletes, Veronica Campbell-Brown, says based on her own experience, she distrusts the way anti-doping measures are effected. At the National Championships in 2013, Campbell-Brown returned a positive test for diuretics (lasix) and was provisionally suspended. She denied knowingly taking banned substances and was later cleared (October 2, 2013) by the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) and issued a public warning. The International Association of Athletics Federation (IAAF), the sport’s world governing body, appealed the decision, but the Court of Arbitration for sport (CAS) cleared Campbell-Brown of all doping charges, citing the JAAA’s testing procedures for not being complicit with international standards. As a consequence of that experience, she has no faith in the system and is urging fellow athletes to be honest and arm themselves with enough information to avoid making incorrect decisions pertaining to doping. Seventeen-time Olympic and World Championships medallist Campbell-Brown was in New York at the weekend where she was a guest of honour at the 21st Children of Jamaica Outreach yearly function and presented with its Humanitarian Award for her work as a philanthropist. While here to collect her award, she was asked about a couple of current drug-related happenings in her sport, one relating to the Russian Federation – and, by extension, its athletes – being banned from competition after a systematic doping programme was uncovered; and corruption allegations against former IAAF president, Senegal’s Lamine Diack. “I tend not to judge people,” she said, when asked if the IAAF’s first-time decision to ban an entire country’s athletes from competition was unfair. “You never know what’s going on, and based on my experiences, which I really don’t want to go into, I really do not trust the system, and I won’t ever trust the system and that’s the most I want to say,” Campbell-Brown stated firmly. “But I do believe that God has blessed a lot of people and there are a lot of talented people out there, and the great talent that we have makes for great competition, but that’s all I’m going to say about that. “The federation made their ruling and I don’t know all the information they have to make that ruling,” she added. Diack is alleged to have taken bribes totalling more than US$1 million as part of a cover-up for Russia’s doping issues. “I do not know the president personally, so there’s nothing I can say on that matter,” was the Jamaican sprinter’s offering on that topic. She said the bad news isn’t good for track and field. “I do not follow the negative part of my sport too much, because it is not good for us, it’s not good for the upliftment of the sport,” the 33-year-old pointed out. “Track and field needs more support, we need more sponsors, and with the negative publicity that we’re getting, it’s not helping us, so I tend to just stay focused on me and I just pray that people will be honest in what they’re doing .”last_img read more

When is the 2017 Europa League final and where is it? – All the information

first_img Who will get their hands on the Europa League trophy? 2 The 2017 Europa League final is rapidly approaching, so talkSPORT brings you the lowdown on one of the biggest matches in club football…When is the 2017 Europa League final?This year’s Europa League final will take place on Wednesday, May 24, kicking off at 19:45 BST.Where is the 2017 Europa League final taking place?The chosen venue is the Friends Arena in Stockholm, home of Sweden’s national team.The 50,000-seater stadium was opened in 2012 and the first match played there was Sweden 4-2 England, where Zlatan Ibrahimovic scored all four of the hosts’ goals including THAT overhead kick – watch it hereClick here to see some of talkSPORT’s upcoming Europa League commentariesWho will be playing?Ajax will play Manchester United. Not only will the trophy be on offer, the winner will automatically qualify for the group stages of next season’s Champions League.The Dutch side booked their place after defeating Lyon 5-4 on aggregate in the semi-final – their first European final since 1996.Jose Mourinho’s Red Devils, meanwhile, made hard work of their last-four clash with Celta Vigo, beating the LaLiga side 2-1 on aggregate. At the time of writing, they will be without Eric Bailly, after the defender’s sending off v Celta. How can I follow it?The clash will be broadcast live on television or you can keep tuned via talkSPORT and talkSPORT.com. Check the website in the week up to the final for previews, on the night for a match report and post-match reaction and much, much more.Pictured: The Friends Arena will host the 2017 Europa League finallast_img read more