Bolt prepared to return Olympic relay gold

Sun Jun 12, 2016 2:29am EDT
 
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By Kayon Raynor

KINGSTON (Reuters) - Usain Bolt has told Reuters he would have no problem giving back one of his six Olympic gold medals if a Jamaican relay team mate is confirmed to have failed a drugs test.

Nesta Carter, who helped the 4x100 team to Olympic and world championship titles, returned a doping violation for the banned stimulant methylhexanamine in a re-test of 454 samples from the Beijing Games, sources familiar with the case have told Reuters.

Carter's "B" sample also came back positive, they said.

Jamaica's Olympic association has confirmed it received notification from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) that one of its competitors had returned an adverse analytical result, but it has not named the athlete.

Neither Carter nor his agent have responded to repeated requests for comment on the positive test.

"It's heartbreaking (the positive test) because over the years you've worked hard to accumulate gold medals and work hard to be a champion ... but it's just one of those things," Bolt told Reuters late on Saturday.

"Things happen in life, so when it's confirmed or whatever, if I need to give back my gold medal I'd have to give it back, it's not a problem for me."

First-leg specialist Carter has been a vital member of Jamaica's dominant squad, helping the Caribbean island win gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and the 2011, 2013 and 2015 world championships.   Continued...

 
Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt reacts during a news conference before the Ostrava Golden Spike athletics meeting, in Prague, Czech Republic, May 18, 2016. REUTERS/David W Cerny