Jamaican sprinters, who participated in the 2008 Beijing Olympics, are in the midst of a doping case and could lose out their medals they won in the grand tournament.
On Sunday, it was reported that the traces of a banned substance were found in the samples received at the Beijing Olympics. ARD, the German broadcaster, has claimed that clenbuterol was found in the samples of Jamaican sprint team who clinched 11 medals in the event.
The report by ARD said: “According to information from the ARD anti-doping editorial staff, in 2016 during the re-analysis for banned substances, clenbuterol was detected in several urine samples from the 2008 Jamaican Olympics team.
“And these also included samples from the Caribbean island’s male sprinters, according to the ARD research team.
“Clenbuterol is a highly effective substance, which is on the list of banned drugs. It became known through prominent doping cases, such as the sprinter Katrin Krabbe or the former Tour-de-France winner Alberto Contador.
“Several sources have now verified that the IOC was aware of the explosive findings from the Jamaicans – but declined to pursue them further and instead has stopped all of the investigations.”
WADA’s director general Olivier Niggli was further quoted by ARD saying that he is well aware of such happening.
“I am aware of the fact that [in some] cases from Jamaica, some […] very low levels of clenbuterol were found.” Niggli admitted frankly to the ARD’s anti-doping editorial staff in March.
However, the same source has also mentioned that the International Olympic Committee didn’t reveal the entire scenario because the traces obtained were so minuscule that it could have been caused because of contaminated meat.
Just a couple of months back, Nesta Carter’s samples were reanalyzed and he tested positive for a banned substance, and eventually, his compatriot Usain Bolt had to give out one of his medals. And with this news coming up, it will be interesting to see how the committee reacts.