Carter doping a blight on Jamaican athletics, says JOA president


Nesta Carter's failed doping test is a stain on his country's proud athletics heritage, says Jamaica Olympic Association (JOA) president Mike Fennell.

It was announced on Wednesday by the International Olympic Committee that a re-analysis of a sample provided by Carter at Beijing 2008 contained the banned substance methylhexaneamine.

As a result, Jamaica's 4x100 metre relay team from China - which included Usain Bolt - had their gold medals stripped, reducing the world's fastest man's haul from nine Olympic medals to eight.

And Fennell was left in little doubt as to the adverse effect such news will ultimately have on the JOA and its representatives.

"There is no question that when you have a situation like this and the high-profile position of a relay team that won a gold medal and some of the people who are superstars on that team then obviously, it will reflect very badly on us," Fennell told The Gleaner.

"This is extremely unfortunate. It's obviously not something that we would want to happen, but we have to face it and face the issues clearly and deal with them."

Fennell maintains that the JOA takes a strong stance on anti-doping and he does not want the indiscretions of one athlete to undermine the organisation's efforts.

"We do feel it's very important for us because as a country, our sports leaders and everybody are very strong about anti-doping matters and the fight against doping in sport," he added.

"But at the same time, we are equally strong that we must protect the rights of the athletes, particularly those who are innocent and have not contravened the spirit of the rules."