Jamaican sprinter, Nesta Carter’s closely watched appeal against a decision to find him guilty of a retroactive doping violation has been rejected.
Carter’s appeal was rejected by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The Court announced the decision this morning.
According to the CAS, it has dismissed the appeal filed by Carter against a decision last year by the International Olympic Committee Disciplinary Panel.
The IOC panel had found that Carter committed an anti-doping rule violation during the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, China.
Carter and teammates Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and legendary Usain Bolt had won the Men’s 4x100m relay final in Beijing.
A urine sample which Carter had provided was re-tested IN 2016 and returned a positive finding for methylhexaneamine.
The Jamaican team were required to hand back their Gold medals. Carter’s appeal loss means the great Bolt will end his career falling just short of the triple Olympic and World Championship gold medals which he had initially been recorded as having achieved.
According to the CAS panel, it could not accept any of the arguments raised by Carter and his legal team for the findings of the IOC panel to be overturned.
The Court says Carter’s case was strictly limited to the consequences related to the Beijing Games and issues concerning fault or negligence are not relevant.
According to the Court, negligent handling of Carter’s sample was not relevant given that sanctions such as ineligibility or disqualification from other events were not at stake.
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