JA ATHLETE TESTS POSITIVE AT OLYMPICS
Jamaica is set to lose a medal from the 2008 Beijing Olympics after sample given by one athlete eight years ago, which was recently retested, was found to contain banned substance.
The athlete in question is said to be a runner, whose sample is among 31 athletes, spanning six sports and 12 countries, whose retested A sample from the Beijing Games turned up adverse findings.
Mike Fennell, the chairman of the Jamaica Olympics Association, last night declined to comment on the matter, and Jamaica Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) president Dr Warren Blake said his organisation has not been notified.
While the nation’s biggest global superstars in the sport are not being implicated, the development is set to have serious consequences for Jamaica’s track and field programme, with at least one medal from the Beijing Olympics now at risk of being stripped.
Jamaica won 11 medals - six gold, three silver and two bronze - beating, by four, the previous highest tally of seven at the Sydney Games in 2000.
Usain Bolt was the star of the show in the Bird’s Nest stadium becoming the second man to win three gold medals in athletics at the same games since 1956. American Carl Lewis won four gold medals at Los Angeles in 1984.
Bolt recently reacted to the announcement that 31 athletes were caught doping in retests from the 2008 Beijing Olympics saying that it is “really bad news” for sport.
“It’s rough. It’s rough in the sport,” Bolt said. “Something that’s been tarnishing the sport for years.”
Bolt said the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and others “are doing a very good job of cleaning up the sport. They’ve proven that anybody who has cheated, they’re going to catch.”
IOC president, Thomas Bach, has said that WADA will also retest samples from past Olympics, and anyone found guilty will be punished.
“We want to keep the dopers away from the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. This is why we are acting swiftly now. I have already appointed a disciplinary commission, which has the full power to take all the decisions on behalf of the IOC,” Bach said in a media release.
Meanwhile, international sources have confirmed that testing of the B samples, including that of the Jamaican, was conducted at a WADA-accredited lab in Lausanne, Switzerland, in the past 48 hours.
It is also expected that the IOC will be confirming the cases and identifying the athletes, whose B samples corroborate the results found in the A samples.