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Nesta Carter tests positive AGAIN

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.

No more gold for Bolt as CAS reject Carter’s doping appeal

Nesta Carter has lost his appeal against the decision to strip him and a Jamaica team including Usain Bolt of Olympic gold after a positive drugs test.

A sample taken from Carter at the 2008 Games in Beijing was found last January to have contained a banned stimulant.

That meant the Jamaican 4x100m team had to forfeit gold.

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas) ruled: “Reanalysis confirmed the presence of methylhexaneamine.”

The Jamaican team featured Carter, Bolt, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell.

A judgement said: “We [do] not accept any of the arguments raised by Nesta Carter contending that the test results should be ignored or that the decision should otherwise be overturned for certain alleged failures.

“Accordingly, the Cas panel dismissed the appeal and the decision is confirmed.”

Carter appealed against the decision last February and a hearing was held in Switzerland in November.

The now-retired Bolt completed an unprecedented ‘triple triple’ of gold medals in Rio in 2016, but the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ruling to punish the Jamaica team left him with eight Olympic titles.

Speaking in January, 31-year-old Bolt – who also won 100m, 200m and 4x100m gold at London 2012 and Rio 2016 – said it was “rough” to have to give back one of his medals but that it hadn’t changed “what I have done throughout my career”.

Carter’s was one of 454 selected doping samples retested by the IOC in 2016 and was found to contain the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine.

That has been on the World Anti-doping Agency (Wada) prohibited list since 2004, and was reclassified in 2011 as a “specified substance” – meaning one that is more susceptible to a “credible, non-doping explanation”.

Carter was also part of the 4x100m team in London five years ago and helped Jamaica win at the World Championships in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Powell left out of Jamaica Commonwealth Games

Former 100 meters world record holder Asafa Powell was left out of the Jamaica team for next month’s Commonwealth Games because he was injured, the head of the country’s athletics association said on Friday.

Powell, who won 100m gold at the last Commonwealth Games to be held in Australia in 2006, had expressed a desire to race on the Gold Coast despite heading towards retirement at the age of 35.

The Olympic sprint relay champion was not among the 30 men named earlier this month to take part in the track and field at the April 4-15 Games, however, and the island nation’s top athletics official said the reason was straightforward.

“We had a credible report that Powell had sustained an injury and therefore could not be selected,” Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association President Dr. Warren Blake told Reuters.

Jamaicans have won the men’s 100m at the last four Commonwealth Games as the nation enjoyed a golden age in men’s sprinting spearheaded by the now retired Usain Bolt.

With 2014 Glasgow champion Kemar Bailey-Cole also failing to make the team for the Gold Coast, 2011 world champion Yohan Blake will be a strong favorite to continue that run.

Blake, Bolt’s former training partner and the third fastest sprinter of all time, is already in Australia with team mate Julian Forte, who ran the third fastest 100m in the world last year behind American Christian Coleman and Blake.

source: ca.reuters.com