Nesta Carter appeals to CAS over doping charge

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Nesta Carter has appealed against the doping charge that meant he, Usain Bolt and the rest of Jamaica's 2008 Olympic sprint relay team were stripped of their gold medals.

Jamaica's 4x100 metre squad had to hand back their medals after Carter was found guilty of doping following re-analysis of a Beijing sample.

Carter participated in Jamaica's heat and the final as they broke the world record en route to the top step of the podium in China, but his sample taken before the medal race was found to contain banned substance methylhexaneamine.

On Friday, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) confirmed Carter had appealed the decision that saw Jamaica disqualified. 

A CAS statement read: "The Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport [CAS] against the International Olympic Committee [IOC] regarding the decision issued by the IOC Disciplinary panel on 25 January 2017 in which he was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

"A consequence of such finding was the disqualification of Nesta Carter and the other members of the Jamaican team from the men's 4x100m relay at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in which they had achieved the gold medal.

"Nesta Carter seeks to set aside the challenged decision in order for the Jamaican team to be reinstated as gold medallists.

"A CAS arbitration procedure is in progress. First, the parties will exchange written submissions and a panel of three arbitrators will be constituted. The panel will then issue directions with respect to the holding of a hearing.

"Following the hearing, the panel will deliberate and at a later date, it will issue a decision in the form of an arbitral award."