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CAS dismisses Nesta Carter appeal

Published:Thursday | May 31, 2018 | 9:39 AM

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed the appeal filed by Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter against the decision issued on January 25, 2017, by the International Olympic Committee Disciplinary Panel (IOC DP), in which he was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.

Carter and teammates Michael Frater, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell won the Men's 4x100m relay final in Beijing, but a urine sample he provided after the race returned negative results. In 2016, urine samples from the Beijing Games were retested and the sample provided by Carter was found to contain methylhexaneamine. On January 25, 2017, the IOC DP found that he had committed an anti-doping rule violation, disqualified the Jamaican Men’s 4x100m relay team and ordered the return of its medal and diploma.

In February 2017, Carter filed an appeal to a panel at CAS, seeking to have the IOC DP decision overturned. The panel concluded that the reanalysis of his sample collected following the race at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games confirmed the presence of methylhexaneamine (MHA) and that it could not accept any of the arguments raised contending that the test results should be ignored or the IOC DP decision should otherwise be overturned for certain alleged failures. 

The CAS Panel said that this case was strictly limited to the consequences related to the Beijing Games and issues linked with fault or negligence are not relevant, since sanctions such as ineligibility or disqualification from other events were not at stake here. Accordingly, the CAS Panel dismissed the appeal and the decision issued on January 25, 2017, by the IOC DP is confirmed.

The ruling also confirms that Usain Bolt, considered the greatest sprinter of all time, would end his career with eight Olympic gold medals, rather than nine.

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