CAS decision imminent on Jamaica’s Carter

Nesta Carter was part of the Jamaican 4×100 metres relay team in the 2008 Beijing Olympics. (Reuters pic)

KINGSTON: Usain Bolt and his former Jamaica teammates are set to learn whether their 4×100 metres relay gold medals from the 2008 Beijing Olympics will be restored, with a ruling over the Nesta Carter doping case expected to land on Thursday.

Carter retroactively tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexaneamine at Beijing and was stripped of the gold along with Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater, and Dwight Thomas.

Carter appeared at the Switzerland-based Court of Arbitration for Sport in November to appeal against the sanction, and the tribunal’s Secretary General Matthieu Reeb said a decision was imminent.

“I am confident that the Carter case can be finalised on or before Thursday this week,” Reeb told the Inside the Games website.

The Jamaican team were ordered by the International Olympic Committee to return their medals in January 2017.

Carter, the first-leg relay specialist, has been a vital member of Jamaica’s dominant squad, helping the Caribbean team win golds at the 2012 London Olympics and three successive world championships from 2011-15.