The President of the Jamaica Olympic Association, JOA, Mike Fennell, has confirmed within the last half an hour that he has received notification that a Jamaican athlete has returned an adverse analytical result from the re-testing programme of samples from the Beijing Olympic Games of 2008.
In a statement issued a short while ago, Mr. Fennell noted that the JOA must maintain confidentiality of the result until it has been determined in a hearing.
There have been media reports naming Jamaican sprinter, Nesta Carter, as the athlete who has returned the positive doping result.
The President of Mr. Carter’s track club, MVP, Bruce James, has declined to confirm or deny the reports.
Reports are that Carter’s ‘A’ sample was found to contain the banned substance, Methylhexanamine. The news comes after the re-testing of 454 samples from the 2008 Games.
When contacted today by Nationwide News, Bruce James, says he’s heard the allegations and reports in the media, but he was not in a position to say anything about the matter.
We also asked Mr. James whether he or Carter has been contacted by the World Anti Doping Agency, WADA, or the International Olympic Committee.
To that he again stated that he could not comment. Mr. James says he too is concerned about the reports and like every Jamaican wants the truth to be revealed.
This is the third MVP Track Club member to have tested positive for a banned substance in recent times.
In 2013 former world record holder Asafa Powell and Olympic silver medalist Sherone Simpson tested positive for the banned stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican national championships.
Both Powell and Simpson are no longer members of MVP. The two were given 18 month doping bans by the IAAF.
In 2014 the Court of Arbitration for Sport reduced the bans to six months.