Grange: Jamaica firmly against doping in sports

January 26, 2017


Minister of Sport, Olivia Grange, has expressed her concern following yesterday's decision by the Disciplinary Commission of the International Olympic Committee to strip Jamaica of the men's sprint relay gold medal won in the 2008 Beijing Games.

The IOC made the move following a positive test returned by Nesta Carter, a member of the relay quartet. Carter tested positive for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.

"As a nation, we have grown quite accustomed to having our name in the sports headlines across the world. Today that is happening again but it's not the kind of headline that we welcome," Grange said in a release.

She added: "Like all Jamaicans, I am concerned about the development and the effect that it will have. I will just say briefly that the Jamaica Olympic Association is examining the case; I will be briefed on the matter and we will discuss the implications."

Grange said Jamaica is 'firmly against doping in sports and is also firmly in support of and behind its athletes.'

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