Dr. Warren Blake, president of the Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA), does not believe that Nesta Carter’s positive test results will affect Jamaica’s track and field reputation.
“This is something that happened from 2008, so I don’t think it will have an affect on Jamaica’s reputation going forward,” Dr. Blake said on Wednesday.
Carter, who was a part of Jamaica’s 4x100m gold medal winning team in Beijing, tested positive for a banned prohibited substance, methylhexaneamine.
According to the IOC, Carter is “disqualified from the men’s 4x100m relay event in which he participated upon the occasion of the Olympic Games Beijing 2008”
The release also added, Carter “has the medal, the medallist pin and the diploma obtained in the men’s 4x100m relay event withdrawn and is ordered to return same.”
Carter, Michael Frater, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell made up the Jamaican team.
Dr. Blake further stated that because “we (Jamaica) have done everything that was asked of us in sorting out the issues that they claimed was at JADCO” the country’s reputation won’t be hurt.
Carter has 21 days in which he can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS)
The loss of medal means Bolt has lost one of his nine Olympic Games gold medals. He won three – 100m, 200m and 4x100m in each of Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.