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Olympic Integrity Thrown Into Doubt Once More

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After news emerged that Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter tested positive for a banned substance almost a decade after the race, it leads many to question who else could have cheated over the last nine years.

Not only did Carter let himself down, his country down and the integrity of Olympic sprinting down but he has also denied Usain Bolt, the universally popular and now only eight time gold medallist the prestigious title of the ‘treble treble’.

It was seen as Bolt’s crowning sporting achievement to complete winning three gold medals in the 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay at Beijing 2008, London 2012 and Rio 2016.

Yet the elusive ninth gold medal to complete the sweep has been snatched away from him through no fault of his own.

How is this fair?

Why should the negligence of one affect the sporting achievements of others?

Let us not forget that as well as Usain Bolt, Michael Frater and Asafa Powell have also had their medals stripped of them too.

For any Olympic athlete, winning gold is the pinnacle that they strive to achieve – so to have that taken away through no fault of their own must be gut-wrenchingly frustrating and unfair.

All the training, all the pressure, all the unbridled joy of winning gold all becomes pointless due to someone’s disregard of integrity and fair play.

The other worrying factor to consider is that if it’s taken nine years for a cheater to finally and rightfully stripped of their success, it begs the question of who else could have taken the ‘easy’ route over the last 3 Olympic games and once more casts a shadow over the legitimacy and honour of the Olympics.

It appears to be one doping scandal after the next, whether it’s Russian athletes, British cyclists or Jamaican sprinters – cheating is cheating and it ruins sport for everyone.

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