Jamaica may appeal decision to strip team's Beijing gold

Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold in the men's 100m final at the Rio Olympics.
Usain Bolt of Jamaica celebrates after winning gold in the men's 100m final at the Rio Olympics. LUKAS COCH

ATHLETICS: The Jamaican Olympic Association has asked the members of the Beijing Olympics 4x100m relay team to return their medals but could yet appeal the decision to strip the athletes of their golds following Nesta Carter's failed drugs test.

Usain Bolt is set to lose one of his record nine Games golds after a retest of Carter's sample from the 2008 Games was found to contain a banned stimulant.

Michael Frater, Asafa Powell and Dwight Thomas will also be forced to hand back their medals if the decision is upheld.

Jamaican Olympic Association chief Mike Fennell said there could be grounds for appeal but added: "We have to decide what the best legal process is.

"It is a team and we are interested in ensuring they are properly protected and given a fair chance of clearing their names.”

Fennell said the association had written to the athletes requesting they return their medals.

Carter's lawyer also confirmed the sprinter would lodge his own appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

Carter, 31, also won gold in the sprint relay at the London Games in 2012 and helped Jamaica win at the world championships in 2011, 2013 and 2015.

Bolt, 30, completed a "triple triple” in Rio last summer. He won gold in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay to add to his successes in the same events in 2008 and 2012.

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