Deemed 16 days ago as disqualified from the men’s sprint relay at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, Jamaican Nester Carter has five days to meet the stipulation for filing an appeal with the World Court of Arbitration for Sport against the International Olympic Committee’s decision.
Carter had indicated that an appeal would by filed within the 21-day time limit and the athlete has according to Media reports out of Jamaica is having Government and iconic teammate Usain Bolt financial backing for the legal move.
The IOC announced January 25th that re-testing of Carter’s samples from the Games in which he was first-leg runner for the winning Jamaican men’s sprint relay team had proved positive for a banned substance. The entire team including Bolt has been disqualified and ordered to return the gold medals.
While official word on Carter’s appeal is awaited there’s news that the Court of Arbitration for Sport is set to hear the appeal of Trinidad and Tobago volleyball player Fabien Whitfield, who was banned for four years by the International Volleyball Federation (FIVB) in 2016.
The International V-ball federation ruled on October 14, 2016, that Whitfield had committed an anti-doping violation after testing positive for trace amounts of testosterone and other anabolic agents during a test at the 2016 NORCECA Beach Volleyball Tour Competition in Guaymas, Mexico in June of that year.
The volleyballer appeared before the disciplinary panel unrepresented, claiming that the positive test was the result of having consumed contaminated meat. The panel ruled that he serve a lengthy ban.
A notice of appeal was filed on October 31 and the actual appeal filed on November 11, 2016. The Internation V-ball federation responded on December 12.
At the appeal hearing, Whitfield will be represented by noted sports attorney Dr Emir Crowne, Melissa Knox, Amanda Fowler and Jennifer Black. They are expected to call five witnesses during the hearing to be held in Toronto, Canada.
Dr Crowne recently said that he would be supporting a Nesta Carter appeal to the court as he was of the opinion that the athlete has a solid argument aginst the IOC ruling.
Trinidad and Tobago’s National Beach Soccer team meanwhile is in Bridgetown, Barbados to contest the Barbados International Beach Soccer Showcase as part of their build up to the CONCACAF Beach Soccer World Cup qualifiers in the Bahamas later this month.
The TT team, under coach Benny Astorga will clash with Guyana in their opening game in Barbados tonight, then play Barbados tomorrow before closing against England’s Beach Soccer team on Sunday.
From Barbados, the team will go to Guadeloupe for another training camp before heading to Bahamas for the 16-nation Concacaf championship which sees T&T in Group C with the United States, Antigua and Barbuda and US Virgin Islands. T&T faces Antigua/Barbuda in its opening match on February 20th.
The CONCACAF champion and first runner-up will join Bahamas as the three CONCACAF representatives in the FIFA Beach Soccer World Cup finals which will be held in Nassau, Bahamas from April 27 to May 7.
Ryan Augustine captains the TT team that includes goalkeepers Zane Coker and Victor Thomas, defensive players Shallun Bobb, Lemuel Lyons, Jesse Bailey, wingers
Chad Appoo, Hakeem King, Shane Hospedales, Kerwin Stafford, Kelvon Charles and pivots Kevon Woodley, David McDougall, Makan Hislop, Jared Bennett.