Carter’s ‘B’ sample returns positive
Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter is now expected to have his case heard by an International Olympic Committee panel after news was received that his ‘B’ sample confirmed the presence of methylhexanamine – a banned stimulant.
It was recently revealed that the ‘A’ sample of the experienced sprinter had returned an adverse analytical finding following retroactive testing carried out by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
The IOC had also announced that they would take another look at samples from the 2012 Olympic Games and that samples from all medallist from both instalments will also be revisited using improved technology.
31 athletes returned positives from 454 retested samples from the Beijing 2008 Olympics with another 23 turning up from the London 2012 samples after 265 were retested.
It is understood that Carter’s ‘B’ sample result was received some two days ago.
Carter ran the first leg as Jamaica’s 4x100m relay team, which also included Michael Frater, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell, recorded a then world record 37.10 seconds to win gold ahead of Trinidad and Tobago and Japan in Beijing.
The sprinter was also a member of gold medal – winning 4x100m relay teams at the 2011 (Daegu), 2013 (Moscow) and 2015 (Beijing) World Championships, as well as the 2012 Olympic Games in London.
Neither he nor his agent Adrian Laidlaw have responded to questions or have made themselves available for comment.
On Friday, the Jamaica Olympic Association confirmed that it had received notification from the IOC that a Jamaican athlete has returned an adverse analytical finding following retrospective testing of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
“The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) has received from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) notification that a Jamaican athlete has returned an adverse analytical result from the retesting programme of samples from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games,” read the release, which was sent by JOA president Mike Fennell.
The IOC had announced that a special panel would be established to hear the cases of the athletes. This panel, the IOC underlined, would have full authority to act on their behalf.
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