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Carter awaits his fate

Published:Saturday | October 22, 2016 | 10:00 AMLivingston Scott
Jamaica’s gold-medal-winning sprint relay runners in Beijing (from left) Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt, and Asafa Powell. The team clocked a then world record 37.10 seconds.

A three-man International Olympic Committee (IOC) disciplinary panel is deliberating the fate of Jamaica sprinter Nesta Carter after a hearing for the re-testing of an adverse analytical finding from the 2008 Beijing Olympics was held at the IOC headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, on Monday.

The hearing, which is also in accordance with the eight years storage provision in the participation rules of the 2008 Beijing Games, saw Carter being represented by Kate Gallafint of London-based legal firm Blackstone Chambers. She was instructed by Kendrah Potts of the law firm Mishon de Reya, which has offices in London and New York. The IOC was represented by legal officer Jean-Pierre Morand and Dr Richard Budgett, medical and scientific director.

Both parties presented their cases to the three-man panel consisting of Denis Oswald (chairman), Gunillia Lindberg, and Urgur Erdner.

In a release yesterday, the Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) said president Mike Fennell was also in attendance. Carter and his local attorney, Stuart Stimpson, participated via video link.

 

FAILED TEST

 

In June, Carter failed an anti-doping test for the banned stimulant methylhexanamine when traces of the drug were found in his A and B samples. This after frozen blood and urine samples from the 2008 Summer Olympics were retested by the IOC.

Carter and the Jamaica 4x100 metres team, which included Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, and Michael Frater, stand to lose their relay gold medal if Carter is found guilty.

Bolt completed a historic triple at the recent Rio de Janeiro Olympic to end his Olympic career with nine gold medals. The sprint idol could now have his legacy dented if he has to give up one of his gold medals.