by Kavon Fiennes
Just as I predicted on June 15. I really am wondering if I am a prophet. When it was announced that Veronica Campbell-Brown (VCB) tested positive for a diuretic, I said then that she would be let off with slap on the wrist for her infraction.
This is the way we handle our heroes. It has happened in the past with a previous Jamaican sprint queen, Merlene Ottey. The JAAA let her off for a ‘bigger’ doping offence back in mid 2000.
I am not at all surprised by this latest ruling by the JAAA on VCB. They believe her. She is a hero. A ban would have destroyed “Jamaica’s Brand”.
The JAAA panel hearing for VCB took place in secret. And after the panel’s deliberations a public warning is all she will receive. This from her home organization that says we don’t dope, and she will be cleared to continue running. I have already stated time and time again that we need to end drug testing in sports, contrary to my colleague Cato Rand’s view. If that were the case, we would not have had these hearings in the first place.
This nonsense will continue in Jamaican athletics, I am ashamed to admit as a patriotic Yaadie. Think about it, I mean even Shane Warne was banned from cricket for diuretic use. But let’s wait on what the IAAF has to say.
Kavon Fiennes is creator of the RightFromYaad blog. He is a 30-something year old ‘Black’, sometimes ‘Brown’, Jamaican. He is a former socialist, nationalist and Democrat, turned Libertarian and semi-conservative since his mid 20′s. He still holds lingering left-wing views on the way society ought to treat the destitute and elderly.