THE PROTECTION OF CLEAN ATHLETES AND THE FIGHT AGAINST DOPING ARE TOP PRIORITIES FOR THE INTERNATIONAL OLYMPIC COMMITTEE (IOC), INCLUDING TARGETED PRE-TESTS AND THE RE-ANALYSIS OF STORED SAMPLES FROM THE OLYMPIC GAMES BEIJING 2008 AND LONDON 2012, FOLLOWING AN INTELLIGENCE-GATHERING PROCESS THAT STARTED IN AUGUST 2015.
As part of this process, the IOC today announced that two athletes have been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008;
Nesta CARTER, 31, of Jamaica, competing in the men’s 4x100m relay event (round 1 and final) in which he and his teammates ranked 1st and for which they were awarded the gold medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Re-analysis of Carter’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine. The whole relay team must deliver back their gold medals.
According to the BBC, Carter’s lawyer has said the sprinter will lodge an appeal with the Court of Arbitration for Sport, while Jamaica is said to be deliver an appeal against the decision to withdraw the medals from Carter’s team-mates.
Carter ran the opening leg of the men’s 4x100m relay final which saw the Jamaican team – also featuring Michael Frater, Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell – clock a then world-record time of 37.10 to take the 2008 title ahead of Trinidad and Tobago, Japan and Brazil.
Carter 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 statement from the IAAF read: “Once the IOC’s case and any appeal is concluded for the disqualification of Nesta Carter from the men’s 4x100m event at the Olympic Games Beijing 2008 for an anti-doping rule violation, the IAAF will take it to the Jamaican federation to determine Carter’s sanction beyond this disqualification.”
Tatiana LEBEDEVA, 40, of Russia, competing in the women’s triple jump event and the women’s long jump event in which she ranked 2nd and for which she was awarded a silver medal, has been disqualified from the Olympic Games Beijing 2008. Re-analysis of Lebedeva’s samples from Beijing 2008 resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance dehydrochlormethyltestosterone (turinabol).
According to Russian news agency TASS, the 40-year-old will be filing an appeal.
THE COURT OF ARBITRATION FOR SPORT (CAS) ISSUES DECISIONS CONCERNING RUSSIAN ATHLETE ANASTASIYA BAZDYREVA AND RUSSIAN ATHLETICS COACH VLADIMIR MOKHNEV, PUBLISHED 23.12.16;
Anastasiya Bazdyreva (RUS) , 800 m runner, has been found to have violated Article 32.2(b) of the IAAF Competition Rules (the IAAF Rules) which concerns “Use or Attempted Use by an Athlete of a Prohibited Substance or a Prohibited Method” and a two-year period of ineligibility, beginning on 24 August 2015, has been imposed on her. All results achieved by Anastasiya Bazdyreva between 23 April 2014 and 24 August 2015, are disqualified and any prizes, medals, prize and appearance money forfeited.
Vladimir Mokhnev, (RUS) ,the coach of elite Russian athletes Yuliya Stepanova and Yekaterina Kupina, amongst others, has been found to have violated the IAAF Rules relating to possession, trafficking and administration of banned substances and/or methods and a 10-year period of ineligibility, beginning on 23 December 2016, has been imposed on him.
Photo: Her you se Yuliya Stepanova’s and her coach, Vladimir Mokhnev. Mokhnev is given 10-year ban by CAS.