Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter appeals positive drug test

Kingston: Sprinter Nesta Carter has appealed against the decision to strip him and a Jamaican team featuring Usain Bolt of an Olympic 4×100 metres relay gold medal due to doping, the Court of Arbitration for Sport has announced.

Carter tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine at the 2008 Beijing Olympics after his anti-doping sample was re-analysed, meaning the entire Jamaican relay team lost their title. That included Bolt, making him no longer a triple-triple Olympic champion and instead an eight-time gold medallist. A statement from CAS yesterday said that Carter was seeking “to set aside the challenged decision in order for the Jamaican team to be reinstated as gold medallists”.

It added: “First, the parties will exchange written submissions and a panel of three arbitrators will be constituted.”

CAS did not give an indication of how long the process was likely to take.

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