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Campbell-Brown cleared to resume career

ESPN staff
February 24, 2014
Veronica Campbell-Brown's lawyer stated all her past results had been reinstated © Getty Images

Veronica Campbell-Brown says she has been cleared to resume her career by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Campbell-Brown's lawyer Howard Jacobs stated: "I can confirm that Veronica Campbell-Brown has been cleared by Cas."

Jamaican Campbell-Brown has not competed since she tested positive for a banned diuretic in May 2013, and was banned by her country's national federation as a result. She also missed the World Championships in Moscow last August.

However, Campbell-Brown - who won 200 metres Olympic gold at both the Athens and Beijing Games - said the court had "confirmed" her innocence.

"The past several months of my life has brought me much pain and suffering, however, my faith, family, friends and fans have stood by me as a source of encouragement and a reminder that God's word is true in that He will never leave us nor forsake us," Campbell-Brown said in a statement.

"The final court available to us as athletes have spoken and humbly I say they have confirmed my innocence. I harbour too much self-respect and a similar respect for the purity of competition to resort to illegal means to success. This same self-respect will now enable me to leave behind the insensitive and ill-informed media remarks and look towards returning to the track to give of my best to God's glory.

"Yes, I lost out on the opportunity to compete for most of 2013 and the chance to defend my world 200m title, however, I press on. Dr Martin Luther King Jr spoke of the redemptive quality of unearned suffering and I must say I am redeemed."

Jacobs also stated that "all of her past results have been reinstated" and she intended to take part in the world indoor championships in March.

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