We are shocked at the retesting drama. An appeal has been muted and we await the outcome. Justice should be done and we expect same. The arbitration Court has its work cut out.
Hopeton O’Connor-Dennie is senior International Correspondent & photojournalist (SIC) for Vision Newspaper.
Usain Bolt Loses Medal
As the controversy about the failed drug test of Olympian Nesta Carter and the ripple effects of the World Anti-Doping Comission’s ruling … there has been anger and disbelief in Jamaica and worldwide.
Bolt Speaks Out
Dr. The Hon. Usain St, Leo Bolt has broken his silence since the Wada ruling and has also returned his medal having been a member of the winning 4×100 relay team of 2008 in Beijing, China. Tests done then showed no traces of any banned substances against any of the athletes from Jamaica. Jamaica was hailed for their magnificent feats at this meet.
For their own reasons a retest was done 8 eight years later in 2016 and a positive result has been found for Nesta Carter.
Speaking to the media today January 30, world 400 metres champion Bert Cameron was not mincing words when he said inter alia “It looks suspicious and he was not amused at the 8 year delay for this retest.”
Dr. Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Amateur Athletic Association (JAAA). also broke his silence “The testing process lacks transparency as the “A” sample of 2008 was never disclosed, although the results were requested, but was never disclosed. This was a violation of the rules and breach of natural justice.”
The JAAA president who is a medical doctor by profession was like Cameron not mincing words as he finally commented on the WADA ruling.
Usain Bolt also commented as they were cautious to comment before. “It hurts” Bolt has already returned his medal as requested.
This has ruined his record breaking triple triple, as it was commonly referred to by experts. Bolt is not a drug cheat and has won three gold medals at all three Olympic games, totaling 9. He now has eight, Still a great achievement.
Photo from: www.bbc.com