Jamaican sprinter Carter fails 2008 doping re-test

Fri Jun 3, 2016 6:05pm EDT
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Jamaican Olympic sprint relay gold medalist Nesta Carter has returned a doping violation for a banned stimulant after the re-testing of 454 samples from the 2008 Games, two sources familiar with the case told Reuters.

The Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) said in a statement on Friday 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.

The JOA said results management protocols require that they "maintain confidentiality of the result of all doping controls and the identities involved in the proceedings until it has been determined in a hearing".

Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association president Warren Blake said his organization had not been notified of any rule violation.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said traces of Methylhexanamine were discovered in Carter's "A" sample, part of a batch of 454 from the 2008 Beijing Games the IOC ordered to be re-tested.

Carter could face sanctions if his "B" sample also tests positive.

Reuters has not seen the laboratory results.

Neither Carter, who won the 4x100 meters relay along with compatriots Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell and Michael Frater in Beijing, nor his agent replied to repeated requests for comment.   Continued...

Usain Bolt of Jamaica (R) and teammates Nesta Carter, Asafa Powell, Nickel Ashmeade, gold medallists, pose on the podium after the men's 4 x 100 metres relay event during the 15th IAAF World Championships at the National Stadium in Beijing, China, August 30, 2015. REUTERS/Damir Sagolj