JOA confirms positive test
The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) late yesterday confirmed that it had received notification from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that a Jamaican athlete has returned an adverse analytical finding following retrospective testing of samples from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
Officials are still awaiting the outcome of 'B' sample tests, which were carried out earlier this week in Lausanne, Switzerland.
"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 procedures outlined in the Anti-Doping rules applicable to the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games and also the result-management protocols require the JOA to 'maintain confidentiality of the result of all doping control and all identities involved in the proceedings until it has been determined in a hearing'," the release continued.
"Accordingly, the JOA will not be in a position to provide any further details on the matter until a hearing has determined the outcome of the issue and we have been officially advised."
The Gleaner earlier reported that 30-year-old multiple relay gold medallist and 2013 World Championships 100m bronze medal winner Nesta Carter's sample contained the banned stimulant Methylhexaneamine.
This after the IOC had announced that the 'A' samples of 31 athletes spanning six sports and 12 nations showed the presence of banned substances after newly developed technology was used to undertake the retesting exercise, with an additional 23 cases emerging from a similar reassessment carried out on samples from the 2012 London Olympics.
The sprinter 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.
He 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.
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) notes that Methylhexaneamine remains prohibited in competition as a specified stimulant.
The substance has been considered a stimulant since WADA took over responsibility for the prohibited list in 2004. It was reclassified on the 2011 list to become a 'specified substance'.
Specified substances are those that, if found to be present in an athlete's sample, may be more likely to have a credible, non-doping explanation as outlined by WADA.
Neither Carter nor his agent have commented on the developments.
If the 'B' sample is confirmed, the athlete will face a specially assembled IOC panel, which has been given full authority by the organisation to manage the proceedings.
Sanctions could range from a public reprimand to a suspension period of over a year.
There is also the possibility that the country could lose its men's 4x100m relay gold medal from the Beijing Olympics.