Usain Bolt reportedly said he’s “not too pleased” with the situation concerning Olympic 4x100m relay teammate Nesta Carter and the possibility that the entire Jamaican relay squad may have to return gold medals.
Carter, who led off Jamaica’s 4x100m relay in 2008 and 2012, reportedly failed recent retests of Beijing Olympic doping samples for a banned stimulant.
No Jamaican or International Olympic Committee officials have confirmed Carter’s failed tests. Carter’s agent has not responded to repeated requests for comments. Carter, who has not competed since Sept. 13, has made no widely reported public comments on the two-week-old matter.
If the failed tests are confirmed, the IOC could strip Jamaica’s entire Beijing Olympic 4x100m relay team of their gold medals, even though no other runner failed tests.
“It’s heartbreaking because over the years you’ve worked hard to accumulate gold medals and work hard to be a champion,” the six-time Olympic champion Bolt said, according to the Jamaica Gleaner, after winning a 100m race in Kingston on Saturday night. “When it’s confirmed or whatever, if I need to give back my gold medal I’d have to give it back, it’s not a problem for me.”
Reuters also reported similar comments from Bolt on Saturday night.
“I can’t tell what he’s going through, but it must be hard and frustrating because as I said I’m not too pleased about the situation,” Bolt said, according to the news agency. “I think it’s rough for track and field, but it’s just one of those things that happen, and we just have to deal with it.”