Nesta Carter has been granted the green light to return to competition by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), with the Jamaican sprinter reportedly set to return to action for the first time in almost 17 months at the Western Relays at Montego Bay, Jamaica, this weekend.
Last month the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced that Jamaica’s Beijing 2008 4x100m relay team – which included sprint star Usain Bolt – would lose their gold medals as a result of team member Carter testing positive for a banned substance.
The IOC said that reanalysis of Carter’s samples from the 2008 Games resulted in a positive test for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine.
The legal team representing the embattled Jamaican sprinter is currently finalising its submission to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to appeal the sprinter's disqualification for the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.
However, Carter is allowed to compete pending the outcome of the CAS proceedings, this is after the Jamaican Athletics Administrative Association (JAAA) received confirmation from the IAAF outlining that the sprinter had not been issued a suspension after retroactively testing positive for the prohibited substance