Jamaican sprint star Usain Bolt and his team mates who clinched the 4 x 100m relay at the 2008 Beijing Games have been ordered by the country’s Olympic Association to return their gold medals following Nesta Carter’s failed drug test.
Reuters reports Mike Fennell, the country’s Olympic Association president to say that Carter, Bolt, Asafa Powell, Michael Frater and Dwight Thomas are being contacted following the ruling of the International Olympic Committee.
“I can confirm that letters have been dispatched to the five members of the gold medal-winning team from the Beijing Games in 2008 requesting the return of the medals as directed by the IOC,” Fennell told Reuters by telephone on Thursday.
Fennell, who previously served as president of the Commonwealth Games Federation, did not indicate whether a time frame had been given, but he confirmed that Carter would be appealing against the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
“In our discussions with Nesta so far he’s discussing that matter (appealing to CAS) with his attorneys, both local and in the UK,” Fennell told Reuters.
Losing this medal means Usain Bolt’s Olympics Gold medal tally will be reduced from nine to eight.