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I am deeply upset by CAS' decision - Nesta Carter

Published:Thursday | May 31, 2018 | 12:00 AM

Olympic Games and World Championship 4x100m gold medallist Nesta Carter said that he is deeply upset at the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sports' (CAS) decision to disqualify the results of the 4x100m relays at the 2008 Olympic games in Beijing, China.

"I have always been a clean athlete and I would never knowingly do anything to risk my reputation or the reputation of my country, or that would cause pain to Usain (Bolt), Asafa (Powell), Michael (Frater) and the Jamaican people," Carter said in a statement.

"The substance that was in my body is now recognised as having been a contaminant in many products and as CAS accepts, it was not named on the Prohibited List in 2008 and only became known after the 2008 Olympic Games. Even though I must take responsibility for what has happened, it is difficult to accept that I could be in breach of the rules when, even if I had known I consumed the substance (which I did not), I could not have known at the time that the substance was prohibited. I am deeply sorry for what has happened and the pain and loss it brings."

Meanwhile, Bolt has voiced his opinion on the issue.

"The rules are the rules but at the end of the day the joy of winning that relay gold medal in Beijing 2008 with my teammates will last forever," Bolt tweeted, with a photo of himself and teammates, Carter, Powell and Frater receiving their medal at the Beijing Games.