Trinidad & Tobago: No word on upgrade

January 26, 2017
Richard Thompson

PORT OF SPAIN, Trinidad (CMC):

National Olympic authorities here say they have received no word from the International Olympic Committee on any upgrade in medal as a result of the Jamaica's disqualification as men's sprint relay champions at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.

Brian Lewis, head of the Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, said they would not be rushing to any conclusions and this moment, were showing their solidarity to Jamaica.

"The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) has not at this time received any official communication from the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in respect of the Trinidad and Tobago men's relay team," Lewis said here Wednesday.


Unfortunate situation


"As such, we have taken note of the IOC Disciplinary Commission Decision and official statement as it relates to Jamaica and Nesta Carter.

"It is always a disappointing and an unfortunate situation when an athlete from any country is embroiled in such a situation and certainly we empathise with our Caribbean athletes."

The IOC announced Wednesday that Jamaica men's sprint relay team from the 2008 Games would be disqualified after it was confirmed that Nesta Carter, a member of that team, had tested positive for the banned substance methylhexaneamine.

Carter, along with sprint superstar Usain Bolt, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell, had won gold in a world record time of 37.10 seconds.

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