IAAF: Jamaican case appears to be 'lesser' offense

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Associated Press

Posted on June 19, 2013 at 12:06 PM

LONDON (AP) — The IAAF says the doping case involving Jamaican sprint star Veronica Campbell-Brown appears to involve a "lesser" offense.

The three-time Olympic gold medalist was suspended by Jamaica's national federation on Tuesday pending an investigation into a positive drug test.

Jamaican officials said Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic at a meet in May.

IAAF spokesman Nick Davies tells The Associated Press "all evidence seems to point to this offense being a lesser one," meaning possible unintentional use of a banned substance.

Under global anti-doping rules, some diuretics are classified as a "specified substance," a designation for drugs that might have been consumed without intent to enhance performance.

Athletes can receive a reduced sanction if they can prove how a substance was ingested.

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