Carter awaits his fate

Jamaica Gleaner - - SPORT - Liv­ingston Scott Gleaner Writer

ATHREE-MAN In­ter­na­tional Olympic Com­mit­tee (IOC) dis­ci­plinary panel is de­lib­er­at­ing the fate of Ja­maica sprinter Nesta Carter af­ter a hear­ing for the re-test­ing of an ad­verse an­a­lyt­i­cal find­ing from the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics was held at the IOC head­quar­ters in Lau­sanne, Switzer­land, on Mon­day.

The hear­ing, which is also in ac­cor­dance with the eight years stor­age pro­vi­sion in the par­tic­i­pa­tion rules of the 2008 Bei­jing Games, saw Carter be­ing rep­re­sented by Kate Gal­lafint of Lon­don-based le­gal firm Black­stone Cham­bers. She was in­structed by Ken­drah Potts of the law firm Mis­hon de Reya, which has of­fices in Lon­don and New York. The IOC was rep­re­sented by le­gal of­fi­cer Jean-Pierre Mo­rand and Dr Richard Bud­gett, med­i­cal and sci­en­tific di­rec­tor.

Both par­ties pre­sented their cases to the three-man panel con­sist­ing of De­nis Oswald (chair­man), Gu­nil­lia Lind­berg, and Ur­gur Erd­ner.

In a re­lease yes­ter­day, the Ja­maica Olympic As­so­ci­a­tion (JOA) said pres­i­dent Mike Fen­nell was also in at­ten­dance. Carter and his lo­cal at­tor­ney, Stu­art Stimp­son, par­tic­i­pated via video link.

FAILED TEST

In June, Carter failed an anti-dop­ing test for the banned stim­u­lant methyl­hex­anamine when traces of the drug were found in his A and B sam­ples. This af­ter frozen blood and urine sam­ples from the 2008 Sum­mer Olympics were retested by the IOC.

Carter and the Ja­maica 4x100 me­tres team, which in­cluded Usain Bolt, Asafa Pow­ell, and Michael Frater, stand to lose their re­lay gold medal if Carter is found guilty.

Bolt com­pleted a his­toric triple at the re­cent Rio de Janeiro Olympic to end his Olym­pci ca­reer with nine gold medals. The sprint idol could now have his legacy dented if he has to give up one of his gold medals.

FILE

Ja­maica’s gold-medal-win­ning sprint re­lay run­ners in Bei­jing (from left) Nesta Carter, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt, and Asafa Pow­ell. The team clocked a then world record 37.10 sec­onds.

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