KINGSTON, Sporting Alert – Star sprinters Usain Bolt and Asafa Powell are both willing to return their Olympic gold medal if it is confirmed that teammate Nesta Carter is a drug cheat.
Carter, who was a member of the Jamaican then-world record-breaking men’s 4x100m relay team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, tested positive for the banned stimulant methylhexanamine, after the International Olympic Committee (IOC) retested several samples from the Games.
It is being reported that the sprinter’s ‘B’ sample has also returned a positive outcome, and is scheduled to have his case heard by an IOC panel.
Bolt, Powell and Michael Frater were the members of the relay team that ran 37.10 to lowered the world record, and they are all waiting to see the final outcome.
In some cases, squad members are allowed to appeal and keep their medals, but Bolt and Powell would have no issue returning theirs.
“It’s heartbreaking, for years you’ve worked hard to accumulate gold medals and you work hard to be a champion, so it’s heartbreaking but it’s one of those things,” Bolt said in The Gleaner on Sunday.
“Things happen in life, if it’s confirmed or whatever and I need to give back my gold medal it’s not a problem to me,” he said.
The world sprint icon also sympathised with Carter.
“It must be hard, I can’t tell what he’s (Carter) going through but it must be hard and frustrating. I’m not too pleased about the situation, I think it’s rough for track and field but it’s just one of those things,” said Bolt.
Contrary to Bolt, who has six Olympic gold medals, Powell is on the verge of losing his lone Olympics decoration, but the former world 100m record holder is more concerned about how his fellow countryman is being affected by the current situation.
“I’m more concerned about the athlete and I hope he gets through it,” Powell said in The Gleaner.
“There’s nothing I can do, it happens, it’s just for them to make the right move,” he added.
Powell and Bolt went head-to-head over 100m at the inaugural Jamaica National Racers Grand Prix – IAAF Area Permit meet – at the National Stadium in Kingston, on Saturday, with latter coming out on top with a time of 9.88 secs.