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

GG Urges All Jamaicans to Unite for Country’s Progress

first_img GG called on all Jamaica to give full support to the country’s athletes Urging Jamaicans to impact the nation Story Highlightscenter_img Governor General, His Excellency, the Most Hon. Sir Patrick Allen, has called on Jamaicans at home and abroad to unite for the country’s development.“The advancement of our country is the responsibility of each Jamaican both at home and also in the Diaspora and we must not wait for anyone to come and dictate to us what ought to be done.   We, the people of this country, know what is not right with Jamaica and have that duty to fix what is wrong with our homeland,” he stated.The Governor-General was addressing the official opening ceremony for the National Association of Jamaican and Supportive Organizations’ (NAJASO) 36th Annual Convention on Thursday, July 18, at the Secrets Wild Orchid Hotel in Montego Bay.Urging Jamaicans to believe in themselves and in their ability to impact the nation and the world, the Governor-General said that nothing should be allowed to distract them from the vision of building a peaceful and fruitful country.“As we confront the many challenges to Jamaica’s development, we acknowledge that we are still on the journey to the accomplishment of that mission.  We must admit that our progress has been hampered by (various challenges), but we cannot and we dare not lose heart,” he stated.He said that while this generation might not be able to declare “mission accomplished, we must all unite our efforts together to secure the foundation on which succeeding generations would be able to successfully make such declaration.”“Look at all that we have achieved, despite the odds. We have no need to fear the future, unless we have forgotten the way we have journeyed so far.  We have, indeed, come a far way and must now resolve to go forward,” the Governor-General stated.He further called on all Jamaica to give full support to the country’s athletes, especially at this time when the athletic programme is facing some challenges.The three-day NAJASO convention, which is being held under the theme: ‘A partnership for transformation’ will end on Saturday (July 20) with Prime Minister, the Most Hon. Portia Simpson Miller, delivering the closing address.last_img read more