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Bolt could lose relay gold after teammate tests positive

sports Updated: Jun 04, 2016 08:33 IST

KINGSTON: Jamaican Olympic sprint relay gold medallist Nesta Carter has returned an anti-doping violation for the banned stimulant Methylhexanamine after the re- testing of 454 samples from the 2008 Beijing Games, two sources familiar with the case have told Reuters.

The sources, who spoke on condition of anonymity, said traces of Methylhexanamine were discovered in Carter’s “A” sample, part of the batch of samples the International Olympic Committee (IOC) ordered to be re-tested.

The result means Usain Bolt’s 2008 Olympics 4x100 meters relay gold medal could be in jeopardy.

In previous doping cases where individual members of a medal-winning relay squad have tested positive, the whole team is stripped of their medal.

Carter could face sanctions only if his “B” sample also tests positive for the substance. Reuters has not seen the laboratory results.

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

Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Michael Fennell told Reuters on Friday that the body had not received “any official communication concerning reports in the media about the ‘B’ sample testing of any athlete”.

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

Methylhex ana mine 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”. Sold as a nasal decongestant in the United States until 1983, Methylhexanamine has been used more recently as an ingredient in dietary supplements.

First-leg relay specialist Carter has been a vital member of Jamaica’s dominant 4x100m squad, helping the Caribbean island win gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympic Games and the 2011, 2013 and 2015 world championships.

The 30-year-old has not run this season, citing a foot injury, but is expected to race in the next few weeks ahead of Jamaica’s Olympic trials from June 30 to July 3.

Historically, the sanction for the use of Methylhexanamine has been a suspension of six months to a year and the loss of results from the period concerned.

First Published: Jun 04, 2016 08:33 IST