JAAA on hold in Carter case
Following the Court of Arbitration for Sport's (CAS) dismissal of the appeal filed by Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter for his doping violation ruling, general secretary of the Jamaica Administrative Athletics Association (JAAA), Garth Gayle, says the association is awaiting a response from its parent federation, IAAF, before it decides on the next move.
"We are waiting on the IAAF. We have to await the IAAF position on the matter because we are an affiliate of the IAAF and we answer to them," Gayle said yesterday.
Yesterday, CAS dismissed Carter's appeal against the decision issued on January 25, 2017, by the International Olympic Committee's 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.
Bruce James, who is the president of the MVP Track Club where Carter trains, declined to comment on the matter when he was contacted yesterday.
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.