Carter’s case a regional stain
Trinidad and Tobago Olympics Committee president Brian Lewis is concerned that a positive test for Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter could have a negative impact on the image of the Caribbean.
According to reports Carter’s ‘B’ sample test from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games returned a positive test for the banned stimulant methylhexanamine sparking fears that the entire team could be disqualified, including world record holder Usain Bolt.
Depending on the outcome of the inquiry the Trinidad and Tobago team of Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Richard Thompson and Emmauel Callender, who took silver in the event, could be awarded the gold medal. Lewis, however, claims the circumstances were no cause for celebration.
“It will be unfortunate because it is a Caribbean country involved. This does not give us great joy. The competition is decided on the field,” Lewis said.
“We take on the world as Caribbean countries and make statements,” he added.
“We compete hard with our fellow Caribbean countries but we are all Caribbean.”
Carter, the first-leg sprinter of Jamaica’s team, could face a six-to-12 month suspension as well as forfeiting his results that occurred during the associated period.
His teammates have the right to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport to keep their medals in the event that Carter loses his. Past cases involving relay sprinters caught doping vary from the entire team losing their medals to only the offended sprinter forfeiting his or her medal.