Jamaican sprinter Carter's 'B' sample tests positive

Wed Jun 8, 2016 6:45pm EDT
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Jamaican Olympic relay gold medalist Nesta Carter's "B" sample for the use of a banned stimulant at the 2008 Beijing Games has returned positive, two sources familiar with the case told Reuters on Wednesday.

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.

Neither Carter nor his agent has responded to repeated queries for a comment on the positive test.

Carter, who has helped Jamaican 4x100 meter relay teams to Olympic and world championship titles, returned a doping violation for the banned stimulant methylhexanamin in a re-test of 454 samples from the 2008 Beijing Games ordered by the IOC.

The same two sources told Reuters that the B-sample also came back positive.

Methylhexanamine has been on the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code prohibited list since 2004 although it was reclassified on the 2011 list as a "specified substance".

"It's now a matter of the next steps relating to the hearing," said one of the sources who spoke on condition of not being named.

President of the Jamaica Olympic Association Mike Fennell declined comment when contacted Wednesday afternoon.   Continued...

Nesta Carter of Jamaica reacts after winning his men's 100 metres heats during the IAAF World Athletics Championships at the Luzhniki stadium in Moscow August 10, 2013. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez