Bolt and Jamaica team mates ordered to return relay medals
- Author: Regina Holmes Jan 28, 2017,
Jan 28, 2017, 0:40
Jamaica was stripped of its gold medal in the 4x100-meter relay from the 2008 Olympics in Beijing earlier this week when one runner - Nesta Carter - was found guilty of doping.
Carter was found to have tested positive for the banned substance Methylhexanamine - once used in nasal decongestants but now more commonly found as an ingredient in dietary supplements.
Bolt won the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in Rio to take his Olympic tally to nine golds but must now relinquish the third medal he won in Beijing, when the Jamaica team recorded a then world record 37.10 seconds.
An appeal could yet be launched to the Court of Arbitration for Sport with the costs estimated to be several million, but Bolt has not ruled out contributing to a possible appeal.
Bolt has not yet commented on the news but when traces of the banned stimulant methylhexanamine were found in Carter's "A" sample in June a year ago he admitted he feared the worst.
The IOC also stripped Russian Tatiana Lebedeva of her long jump and triple jump silver medals from the Beijing Games after she tested positive for a steroid.
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The IOC has asked the Jamaican Olympic Committee to collect the medals from the athletes and send them to the Olympic body.
The Brazilian women's 4x100 team also was promoted to bronze after victor Russian Federation was disqualified in August in a retesting of doping samples from the Beijing Olympics.
It was first reported that Carter might have failed a "B" sample test in June 2016.
All the teammates of the relay team- Usain Bolt, Michael Fraters, Asafa Powell and Carter, victor of bronze medal in World Championship 2013 - have to hand back their titles.
The banned drug has been prohibited ever since back in 2004, but in 2011 it was regarded as a substance that should be "specified".