Col­lat­eral dam­age

The Star Early Edition - - OPINION & ANALYSIS -

USAIN Bolt never loses. He’s the world’s fastest man. Some say he’s the fastest man who has ever lived. It’s un­be­liev­able when you wake up to news that the Ja­maican ath­let­ics icon has lost a medal.

And it’s not his fault. Blame it on Nesta Carter. He has cost Bolt one of his nine Olympic gold medals. It must be a hard pill for Bolt to swal­low.

The IOC has stripped the Ja­maican re­lay team of medals af­ter Carter’s sam­ple from the 2008 Bei­jing Olympics tested pos­i­tive for methyl­hex­aneamine, a banned stim­u­lant. Un­be­liev­able! We feel sorry for Bolt. Dop­ing in sport is a huge chal­lenge. The Lance Armstrong case showed us how com­pli­cated this is­sue is. Sev­eral other sports­men and women have been caught and sanc­tioned.

We are happy that Carter was caught out, so many years af­ter the Bei­jing Olympics. This should serve as a warn­ing to other ath­letes that cheat­ing does not pay.

The IOC must stay alert.

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