A high-profile Jamaican athlete is reported to be among 31 positive tests after stored blood and urine samples from the 2008 Beijing Games were reanalysed last month.
The athlete in question is said to be a runner, whose sample is among 31 athletes, spanning six sports and 12 countries, whose retested A sample from the Beijing Games turned up adverse findings.
The Jamaican cannot be named at this point given the pending outcome of the B sample test.
Usain Bolt’s agent says the sprint star is not the Jamaican athlete whose retested sample has revealed a doping violation.
While the nation’s biggest global superstars in the sport are not being implicated at this point, the development is still set to have serious consequences for Jamaica’s track and field programme, with at least one medal from the Beijing Olympics now at risk of being stripped.
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Bolt recently reacted to the announcement that 31 athletes were caught doping in retests from the 2008 Beijing Olympics saying that it is “really bad news” for sport.
“It’s rough. It’s rough in the sport,” Bolt said. “Something that’s been tarnishing the sport for years.”
Bolt said the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and others “are doing a very good job of cleaning up the sport. They’ve proven that anybody who has cheated, they’re going to catch.”
Meanwhile, international sources have confirmed that testing of the B samples, including that of the Jamaican, was conducted at a WADA-accredited lab in Lausanne, Switzerland, in the past 48 hours.
It is also expected that the IOC will be confirming the cases and identifying the athletes, whose B samples corroborate the results found in the A samples.
IOC president, Thomas Bach, has said that WADA will also retest samples from past Olympics, and anyone found guilty will be punished.
The reanalysis of samples was carried out at the request of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), which is trying to crack down on doping ahead of the Rio Games in August.
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