Jamaica to appeal IOC decision on gold

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Thomas Bach, IOC President

Jamaica said it will appeal the decision to strip the rest of its Beijing 4x100m relay squad of their gold medals.

The decision came after Nesta Carter’s failed drugs test.

Usain Bolt stands to lose one of his nine Olympic golds after a re-test of Carter’s sample from the 2008 Games was found to contain a banned stimulant.

Michael Frater, Asafa Powell and Dwight Thomas also face forfeiting medals.

“We have to decide what the best legal process is,” Jamaican Olympic Association Chief Mike Fennell, said.

“It is a team and we are interested in ensuring they are properly protected and given a fair chance of clearing their names.”

Carter’s lawyer confirmed on Wednesday that the sprinter would lodge his own appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Bolt, 30, completed a ‘triple triple’ in Rio last summer. He won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay to add to his successes in the same events in 2008 and 2012.

Carter, 31, was also part of the squad that won the event in London five years ago and helped Jamaica win at the World Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

He ran the first leg in Beijing for Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team, which also included Bolt, Frater, Powell and Thomas, who ran in the heats.

The International Olympic Committee (IOC), who are responsible for authorising the re-tests for both the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Games, released updated statistics about the process on Wednesday.

It was reported that they had re-tested 454 selected doping samples from 2008 and a further 250 from London using the latest scientific analysis methods.

However, those figures have now been increased, as follows: Beijing 2008: The number of tests carried out during the event was 4,800.

The number of samples subsequently selected for re-analysis was 1,053 while the number of athletes punished since Wednesday was 61.

For London 2012: the number of tests carried out during the event was 5,000 and the number of samples subsequently selected for re-analysis was 492 and that process remains ongoing.

The number of athletes punished since Wednesday stand at 37.

 

 


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