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TT in line for third, if not fourth Olympic Games gold medal

TT in line for third, if not fourth Olympic Games gold medal

Trinidad and Tobago  Olympic Games goldTrinidad and Tobago stand to earn its third only Olympic Games gold medal if Jamaica are disqualified as winners of the four by 100 metres men’s relay at the Beijing Games held in 2008.

And there could be a fourth Gold for Trinidad and Tobago should Jamaica again be subject of a disqualification having also won the 2012 men’s sprint relay at what was the London Olympic Games.

Hasely Crawford won TT’s first Olympic gold in the 1976 Montreal Games while javelin thrower Keshorn Walcott won the second in the London 2012 Games.

Last week news broke out that Jamaican sprint start Nesta Carter, the multiple 4x100m gold medalist at Olympics and world championships, tested positive for the banned stimulant methyl-hex-ana-min after the International Olympic Committee (the IOC) conducted retests of 454 samples from the Beijing Olympics.

Yesterday it was revealed that Carter’s B sample has also tested positive for the prohibited drug.

At the Beijing Olympic Carter ran Jamaica’s opening leg in their victory with  Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Usain Bolt his teammates. Trinidad and Tobago whose quartet were Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Richard Thompson finished second with Japan third and Brazil fourth.

Carter was also on Jamaican Relay teams that won gold medals at the 2012 Olympics and the 2011, 2013 and 2015 world championships.

There has been no indication however whether Carter or any other member of the 2012 Jamaican team ran afoul of doping restrictions for  the 2012 Games although re-tests have also been done with the IOC indicating that 23 samples have returned positive.

Trinidad and Tobago also gained second place for the 2012 Games sprint relay on the disqualification of the United States for a positive test returned by a member of their second-placed team – this coming almost three years after the Games.

Over a month ago IOC started to retest frozen samples from 2008 and 2012 Olympic using the most advanced technologies. Their targets were athletes whom the IOC deem have the potential to compete at the 2016 Rio Olympics this August.

Their retests returned 34 positives from Beijing Olympics and 23 from London Olympics.

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) said last Friday in a statement it had received notification from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that one of its competitors had returned an adverse analytical result but did not name the athlete.

Historically, the sanction for the use of Methylhexanamine has been a suspension of six months to a year and the loss of results from the period concerned.

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

IOC spokesman Mark Adams said discussions over what to do with the medals won by any dope cheats exposed by the re-testing were ongoing.

If Bolt, Powell and Frater lose their relay medals – they could appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), according to an International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) rule.

IAAF Rule 41 which was passed in 2003 and implemented in March 2004  however states, “the relay team shall be automatically disqualified from the event in question, with all resulting consequences for the relay team, including the forfeiture of all titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money” if there is a positive.