Known across the world as one of the fastest men on this planet, Jamaica’s Usain Bolt will now have to give up one of his nine gold medals.
The reason being, Nesta Carter, one of the members of the Jamaican team that won the 4X100m relay race during the Beijing Olympics in 2008, was tested positive for consuming a banned substance. This takes away Bolt’s unprecedented treble-treble which he completed during the Rio Olympics, conducted last summer.
Carter was a part of Jamaica’s relay team which won the 4X100m race during the Beijing Olympics.
Even though the tests conducted on Carter on the evening of Beijing final was negative, he was tested again in May 2016, just ahead of the Rio games.
A month later, Carter was found under the influence of a banned stimulant called methylhexaneamine after the International Olympic Committee(IOC) tested about 454 doping samples. The said drug was on the prohibited list of World Anti-Doping Agency since 2004 and is used mostly in dietary supplements.
Bolt, in an interview to Jamaica Gleaner had termed the whole incident as heartbreaking.
"For years you've worked hard to accumulate gold medals and you work hard to be a champion, but it's one of those things. I'm more concerned about the athlete and I hope he gets through it,” Bolt told the Jamaica Gleaner.
Several athletes all over the world have condemned this incident and are accusing Carter of being ‘massively selfish’.