T&T Men Relay Team To Be Awarded Gold Medal After Positive Doping Test

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The BBC has announced that Trinidad and Tobago’s 2008 Olympic 4x100m relay team are to be awarded the gold medal for the event, after placing second at the Bird Nest Stadium in Beijing.

This after Jamaican Nesta Carter, who was part of Jamaica’s gold medal team, has been identified as one of 32 athletes who failed a retrospective drugs test.

A retest of Carter`s `A` sample from the Beijing Games had found traces of the banned stimulant Methylexaneamine.

As a result, Jamaican star athlete the T&T Men’s team will be bumped up to first place and Usain Bolt will no longer have his winning “triple treble” of Olympic gold medals.

This means that the Jamaican team is disqualified, and medals, medallist pins and diplomas are withdrawn and shall be returned.

Japan’s relay team will now be awarded the silver medal, while Brazil will be awarded bronze.

President of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC), Brian Lewis, stated that so far, the Committee has not yet received any official notice of the upgrade to gold.

“At this point in time we are not in receipt of any official correspondence from the International Olympics Committee (IOC) in respect of the Trinidad and Tobago relay team. But we have noted that they have taken the decision to disqualify (the Jamaican relay team) and have asked them to return the medals.”

Lewis said it is always upsetting when doping incidents occur, especially in the Caribbean.

“It is always regrettable when an athlete from any country is embroiled in such situations, and moreso (athletes from) the Caribbean. We certainly sympathise with all Caribbean athletes…however we must focus on the principles and standards of the Olympic charter and the IOC’s anti-doping rules.”

Source:BBC
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