Jamaica’s Olympic champion Nesta Carter has tested positive again and faces an anti-doping hearing next week.
The first positive doping test caused Usain Bolt to be stripped of his Beijing 2008 Olympic 4x100m relay gold.
The Chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Disciplinary Panel and the sprinter’s lawyer Stuart Stimpson confirmed. “We have a matter with Nesta Carter … We do have a disciplinary hearing that was referred to me by Independent Anti-doping Disciplinary Panel (IADP),” His legal representative Stuart Simpson however declined to give details on the substance or nature of the positive test.
The IADP will be headed by Kent Gammon and will also feature Dr Japheth Ford and Heron Dale, but the hearing, referred to the body by the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, will be conducted virtually because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
This Anti-doping violation comes three years after Carter lost his appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the International Olympic Committee’s decision to strip him and the rest of the Jamaica men’s sprint relay team, comprising Bolt, Asafa Powell and Michael Frater, of their gold medals from the 2008 Beijing Games.
The World champion issued a press release in August, saying he had retired due to a private medical condition which had hindered him from training and competing since March 2021. He indicated at the time that a medication prescribed by his doctor to treat the condition violated anti-doping rules and as such he had chosen his health over athletics.
Carter, turns 36 years old on Monday, is the ninth fastest man of all time, and fourth fastest Jamaican over 100m, with a personal best of 9.78 seconds.