It is not yet final, but T&T's Men’s relay team are in line to be awarded the gold medal for the 2008 Olympics in Beijing for their 4 x 100 meter relay. The Jamaican team have been stripped of their gold medal because one runner, Nesta Carter, was found guilty of a doping violation, the International Olympic Committee said today.
Carter initially tested negative after the race in 2008. But his sample was one of many retested by the I.O.C. last year. It was found to contain a prohibited stimulant, methylhexaneamine. The downside of this is that Usain Bolt has lost a gold medal...but he said he will return the gold medal when asked to do so.
Trinidad and Tobago team had placed 2nd in the event and the team members were: Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Richards Thompson.
Japan will now receive the silver and Brazil the bronze.
It should be noted that the TTOC has not yet received any formal notifications from the International Olympic Committee on how their decision will affect the T&T Relay team. Stay tuned.
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