The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed Nesta Carter’s appeal against his disqualification from the Beijing 2008 Games after failing a doping test.
The Jamaican sprinter retroactively tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine in an IOC re-analysis programme of stored samples from Beijing 2008 and London 2012.
He was disqualified and stripped of the Olympic 4x100m title in Beijing along with Usain Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Dwight Thomas.
On 25th January 2017, the IOC ordered the Jamaican team to return their medals.
The CAS decision leaves Bolt with eight Olympic gold medals. The sprinting legend lost his perfect record of three golds in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m at three consecutive Games due to Carter’s disqualification.
“I have always been a clean athlete and I would never knowingly do anything to risk my reputation or the reputation of my country, or that would cause pain to Usain (Bolt), Asafa (Powell), Michael (Frater) and the Jamaican people,” Carter said in a statement.
“I am deeply sorry for what has happened and the pain and loss it brings.”
Bolt has voiced his opinion on the CAS ruling as well.
“The rules are the rules but at the end of the day the joy of winning that relay gold medal in Beijing 2008 with my teammates will last forever,” Bolt tweeted.
The rules are the rules but at the end of the day the joy of winning that relay gold
Medal in Beijing 2008 with my teammates will last forever pic.twitter.com/qdRNyxHDgi
— Usain St. Leo Bolt (@usainbolt) May 31, 2018
No hard feelings
Bolt has always stated the ruling doesn’t tarnish his legacy.
“I think I’ve accomplished a lot. It hasn’t changed what I have done throughout my career”, the 100m and 200m world record holder said after returning his medal.
“I have worked hard and pushed and done things that no-one has done before.”
Bolt stressed he has “no hard feelings” towards his teammate.
“It’s just one of those things that happen in life.”
Carter ran the opening leg when Jamaica clinched relay gold in Beijing in a world record of 37.10 seconds. Bolt took the baton third.
The two also won Olympic gold at London 2012 together and three straight World Championship relay titles, from 2011 through 2015.
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