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The wait continues for an official announcement from the International Olympic Committee on whether Jamaica are to be disqualified or not as winners of the men’s sprint relay gold medal at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

This because first-leg runner Nesta Carter has been determined as re-tested positive for a banned substance – this since June 2016 in an IOC re-test of 454 samples from the 2008 Beijing Games.

The Jamaica Olympic Association having received notification from the IOC of the adverse analytical result had reportedly moved to make a defence but nothing new has emerged from the IOC since.

First-leg relay specialist Carter has been a vital member of Jamaica’s dominant squad, helping the Caribbean island win gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and the 2011, 2013 and 2015 world championships.

Although his relay team mates Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Michael Frater are not accused of doping, it remains possible the IOC could strip them of their gold medals due to Carter’s B-sample testing positive. Trinidad and Tobago were second.

A Jamaican Anti-Doping Commission meanwhile will make known their decision with regards to the fate of Jamaica and West Indies cricketer Andre Russell on January 31.

Russell is facing the probability of a lengthy ban from the sport after he failed to file his whereabouts information on three occasions, which under the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code is equivalent to a failed drug test.

Image result for International Olympic Committee on whether Jamaica are to be disqualifiedIn March 2016, JADCO alleged that Russell had failed to file his whereabouts between January and July 2015, specifically on January 1, July 1 and July 25.

JADCO’s main claim is that Russell was negligent in filing his whereabouts. During the hearing, JADCO Executive Director Carey Brown testified that Russell had been contacted by phone, email and letters by the commission, reminding him to file his whereabouts information on the occasions when he missed tests.

In his defence, Russell pointed out that he had authorised Tajae Smith, an employee of the JADCO and his agent Will Quinn to expedite the process on his behalf, since he was not properly trained to file his whereabouts information on his own.

Nadia Vassell, the whereabouts officer and director of technical services at JADCO told Russell’s legal counsel, Patrick Forster that in July 2015, Russell was granted an extension to file his whereabouts by July 13, 2015. On July 20, Vassell sent another email to Russell requesting that he file his whereabouts by July 24.

However, during the July 20, 2016 hearing, Forster said that Vassell failed to copy her response to an e-mail from Quinn about an extension for Russell to file his whereabouts for the third test scheduled for July 25, 2015.

Vassell admitted that she had not sent the e-mail to Russell.

 

 

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