26.01.2017 | Bolt loses relay gold after Jamaica's Carter tests positive

Jamaica's Usain Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic gold medals and his perfect triple treble of Games' sprint victories after team mate Nesta Carter was found guilty of doping at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
Carter was found in re-tests of his sample to have taken the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) said, meaning Jamaica's 4x100 meters relay team must give back their gold medals.
Carter's lawyer, Stuart Stimpson, said the sprinter would be lodge an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
Bolt is considered the greatest sprinter of all time, having won an unprecedented treble of consecutive golds in the 100m, 200m and 4x100 relay in three straight Olympics.
He is also credited with being a key factor in maintaining a global interest in athletics at a time when the sport has been ravaged by doping scandals and a drop in popularity.
"It's heartbreaking (the positive test) because over the years you've worked hard to accumulate gold medals and work hard to be a champion... but it's just one of those things," Bolt had told Reuters. "Things happen in life, so when it's confirmed or whatever, if I need to give back my gold medal I'd have to give it back, it's not a problem for me."
Trinidad and Tobago are set to be promoted to gold in the Beijing 4x100, in which Jamaica set a then world record, with Japan moving up to silver and Brazil earning bronze.
MEDAL REALLOCATION
A reallocation of medals is subject to any further results from the IOC anti-doping re-testing programme. The international athletics' federation (IAAF) is responsible for modifying race results and sanctioning athletes.
“Once the IOC's case and any appeal is concluded for the disqualification of Nesta Carter from the men’s 4x100m event at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 for an anti-doping rule violation, the IAAF will take it to the Jamaican federation to determine Carter’s sanction beyond this disqualification," the sport's ruling body said in a statement.
"The IAAF will also retest any samples it holds in storage for the athlete from other competitions.”
The IOC has asked the Jamaican Olympic Committee to collect the medals from the athletes and send them to the Olympic body.
First-leg specialist Carter has been a vital member of Jamaica's dominant squad, helping the Caribbean island win gold medals at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics and the 2011, 2013 and 2015 world championships.
"The Jamaican team is disqualified from the men’s 4x100m relay event. The corresponding medals, medallist pins and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned," the IOC said.

Source: www.reuters.com