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Nesta Carter files appeal at CAS

Nesta Carter files appeal at CAS

The sprinter is appealing the IOC decision to strip the Jamaica team of the Beijing 2008 Olympic 4x100m title

Nesta Carter has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) following the decision of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to disqualify him from the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

Last month the IOC announced that Jamaica’s Beijing 2008 4x100m relay team – which included sprint star Usain Bolt – would lose their gold medals as a result of team member Carter testing positive for a banned substance.

The IOC said that reanalysis of Carter’s samples from the 2008 Games resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.

“A consequence of such finding was the disqualification of Nesta Carter and the other members of the Jamaican team from the men’s 4x100m relay at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in which they had achieved the gold medal,” read a CAS statement in part.

“Nesta Carter seeks to set aside the challenged decision in order for the Jamaican team to be reinstated as gold medallists.”

Carter ran the opening leg of the men’s 4x100m final which saw the Jamaican team – also featuring Michael Frater, Bolt and Asafa Powell – clock a then world-record time of 37.10 to take the 2008 Olympic title ahead of Trinidad and Tobago, Japan and Brazil.

The 31-year-old also formed part of Jamaica’s gold medal-winning sprint relay teams at the London 2012 Olympics and the 2011, 2013 and 2015 World Championships. He won world indoor 60m silver in 2012 and 100m bronze at the World Championships in Moscow in 2013.

“A CAS arbitration procedure is in progress,” added the CAS statement. “First, the parties will exchange written submissions and a panel of three arbitrators will be constituted. The panel will then issue directions with respect to the holding of a hearing.

“Following the hearing, the panel will deliberate and at a later date, it will issue a decision in the form of an Arbitral Award.”

Earlier this month the International Association of Athletics Federations confirmed that Carter is not provisionally suspended and could return to competition.

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