Two-time Olympic 200 metre champion Veronica Campbell-Brown has been provisionally suspended by the International Association of Athletics Federations after she tested positive for a banned diuretic at the May 4 Jamaica International Invitational World Challenge meet in Kingston.
The banned diuretic has been identified as Lasix which is a water pill that prevents a person’s body from absorbing too much salt, allowing the salt to instead be passed into the urine. Lasix also treats fluid retention in people with congestive heart failure, liver disease, or a kidney disorder such as nephrotic syndrome and is also used to treat high blood pressure. The Jamaican’s A and B sample came back positive which means she has committed a doping violation. Campbell-Brown has 14 days to submit in writing to the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association that she wants a hearing take place and according to the IAAF’s rules this must take place in 30 days. VCB could be given a warning or face a 2-year suspension from the sport.
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