Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter has expressed his disappointment that his appeal of a doping sanction before the Court of Arbitration for Sports was dismissed, stripping him and his teammates of the 2008 Olympic sprint relay gold medal.
Carter’s urine sample from the 2008 Olympics was retested in January 2017 and found to have contained the stimulant methylhexanamine.
As a result, the athlete and the Jamaican 4x100m relay team that included Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Usain Bolt, were stripped of their gold medals.
The athlete appealed before the CAS who rejected the athlete’s appeal.
In a statement released on Thursday through the MVP Track Club, the now 32-year-old sprinter said he was not happy with the decision and maintained that he has always been a clean athlete.
“I am deeply upset by the decision of CAS to uphold the IOC’s decision to disqualify the results of the 4x100m relay at the 2008 Olympic Games.
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, Asafa, Michael and all the Jamaican people.”
The distraught sprinter maintains that the substance that he tested positive for was on the banned list when he inadvertently ingested it.
“The substance that was in my body is recognized as having been a contaminant in my products and, as CAS accepts, it was not named on the Prohibited List in 2008 and only became known after the 2008 Olympic Games.
“Even though I must take responsibility for what has happened, it is difficult to accept that I could be in breach of the rules when even if I had known I consumed the substance (which I did not), I could not have known at the time that the substance was prohibited.
“I am deeply sorry for what has happened and the pain and loss it brings.”
Source: Leighton Levy|| MaxSports