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Veronica Campbell-Brown’s disciplinary hearing for May positive drug test begins

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Jamaica’s most decorated Olympic champion has made no public comments since the June 14 revelation she tested positive for a banned substance May 4.

Seven-time Olympic medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown was slated to face a closed-doors three-person Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association disciplinary panel beginning Monday, according to Jamaican reports.

Campbell-Brown reportedly tested positive for a banned diuretic and accepted a provisional suspension in June, missing the World Championships in August, where she would have attempted to defend her 200-meter world title. There was no word on when Campbell-Brown’s official suspension will be handed down, and just how long it will be.

“Veronica is not a cheat,” read part of a statement sent to media by Campbell-Brown’s agent in June.

Campbell-Brown’s hearing comes on the heels of a rough summer for Jamaica and anti-doping. It came to light July 14 that fellow Olympic sprint medalists Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson also failed drug tests.

On Aug. 19, the former executive director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission told Sports Illustrated that her organization conducted one out-of-competition drug test in the five months leading into the 2012 Olympics.

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Tokyo 2020 Olympic venues approved for new sports

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Tokyo 2020 venues for the new Olympic sports of baseball, softball, karate, skateboarding, sport climbing and surfing were approved by the International Olympic Committee on Wednesday.

That brings the total number of Tokyo 2020 venues to 39, with the potential for more.

The venues for new sports:

Baseball/softball — Yokohama Stadium (20 miles south of Tokyo)
Karate — Nippon Budokan
Skateboarding and Sport Climbing — Aomi Urban Sports Venue
Surfing — Tsurigasaki Beach

All of the new sports do not currently have a spot on the Olympic program beyond 2020 (baseball and softball were previously on the Olympic program before being taken off after Beijing 2008).

Agenda 2020 reforms allowed Olympic host cities to propose the addition of sports for their Games only, which is what Tokyo 2020 did to get them on the program.

The Tokyo Olympic venues are split between two zones — the Heritage Zone and the Tokyo Bay Zone — that are separated by the Olympic Village.

Tokyo 2020 and FIFA are still discussing the finalization of soccer venues. There are currently six, including two in Tokyo and one as far away as Sapporo (650 miles north).

Tokyo 2020 and the World Baseball Softball Confederation are still discussing the potential of adding a second baseball-softball venue in Fukushima prefecture, the site of 2011 nuclear plant meltdowns caused by an earthquake and tsunami. Fukushima is about 150 miles north of Tokyo.

The Tokyo Dome, home of the Yomiuri Giants and several MLB and World Baseball Classic games, is not a 2020 Olympic venue.

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Comcast, U.S. Olympic Committee sign partnership through 2020 Olympics

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Comcast and the U.S. Olympic Committee signed an agreement making Comcast an official partner of the USOC through the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

The deal allows Comcast and its brands to use Team USA marks in advertising and marketing, including the Olympic Rings.

More information is in this Comcast press release.

Comcast NBC Universal holds the U.S. media rights for the Olympics through 2032.

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