Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) president Brian Lewis confirmed that no athlete from the two island republic was among the 54 athletes from the Beijing 2008 and London 2012 Olympics who tested positive for performance enhancing drugs.
However, there will be a nervous wait as the International Olympic Committee (IOC) confirmed today that all medalists from the past two Olympics will have their blood and urine samples reanalysed by modern technology, which was not available at the time of either tournament.
“The IOC indicated today some of the measures they are taking,” Lewis told Wired868. “They are putting together a special committee to deal with this issue and they have restated their commitment to zero tolerance (on performance enhancing drugs).
“They have also indicated that they have expanded the testing they are doing in 2008 and 2012 and they will now be retesting all medalists. So I think we are far from a conclusion on all of this…
“Every country will essentially be holding their breaths until there is closure on this.”
The IOC’s vow means that javelin thrower Keshorn Walcott, 100 metre sprinter Richard Thompson and 400 metre runner Lalonde Gordon will be among 12 Trinidad and Tobago athletes whose blood and urine samples will be scrutinised.
However, Lewis said the local olympic body fully supports the IOC’s stance and insisted that it was good for sport.
“The IOC is obviously taking a very serious and determined approach to the issue of doping at the Olympic Games,” said the TTOC president. “I fully support the IOC’s approach on it. They need to do what they have to do and let the chips fall where they may.”
Already, the Jamaica Gleaner has reported that its own olympic body was informed of at least one failed drug test by a runner. The Jamaica Olympic Committee (JOC) denied this.
Is the IOC in danger of scoring an own goal by potentially lifting the lid on cheating champion athletes within two months of the Rio 2016 Olympics?
Lewis believes the disgracing of dirty athletes might be cathartic instead.
“It is not devaluing the games, it is a commitment to deal with the issue,” said Lewis. “They have been very transparent about it. They are going to be targeting people who are eligible to compete at the 2016 games.
“Given the subterfuge by people hell bent on doping, the IOC must use whatever means they see as necessary to catch them. One cannot be naive; those who are bent on using PEDs use very novel approaches and WADA and everyone else is often playing catch up.
“So as (the IOC) come up with better and more effective methods, they are going to employ it.”
Lewis confirmed that the IOC contacted the olympic bodies of the 31 Beijing athletes who failed their initial drug test, even as they now await corroboration via the ‘B’ samples. Another 23 athletes from the London Olympics are in a similar position.
The TTOC has not been informed of any cheat within its ranks.
“The Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee, to date, has not been informed (of any drug cheat by the IOC) and neither, as far as I am aware, has the NAAA,” said Lewis. “So at this point in time, we are not one of the 12 countries (who were represented by doping athletes)… But today, we received notification from the IOC that they intend to expand their program to include all medalists from 2008 and 2012.”
Once the scandal has passed, Lewis believes the Rio Olympics will benefit from the IOC’s stance.
“I think it is the right time,” said the TTOC president, “because, for those who may have been on some kind of program, there is now a very real possibility that they will eventually be caught.
“So this levels the playing field.”
(Trinidad and Tobago medalists at the 2008 and 2012 Olympics)
Gold: Keshorn Walcott (Javelin/20012);
Silver: Richard Thomson (100 metres/2008); Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson, Aaron Armstrong (4×100 metres/2008); Marc Burns, Keston Bledman, Emmanuel Callender, Richard Thompson (4×100 metres/2012);
Bronze: Lalonde Gordon (400 metres/2012); Lalonde Gordon, Jarrin Solomon, Renny Quow, Deon Lendore, Machel Cedenio, Ade Aleyne-Forte (4×400 metres/2012).
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I hope they make sure and check well the numerous American athletes, that is one country who never admits their faults in any thing, especially sport, unless they are made to. Look at Lance Armstrong.
Same. Here. I. Hope. That. Our. People. are. Safe
Umm i heard that the substance Nesta tested positive gor was banned in 2010. So in 2008, when he was tested, he did not take a banned substance.
I too would like to know about Phelps
The Caribbean is coming so let us test them all All these upstarts beating the USA and European athletes.
As soon as the Americans were tested positive they want to retest all. Why didn’t they test Flo jo and micheal Johnson. I would love to know about Phelps, why didn’t they erase his records after they banned his special swim wear. So many questions. I know they want the Jamaicans bad, bolt better move around with his own security, cooks and trusted team because they will plot against him.
Yiu didn’t mention carl Lewis.
And maurice green
Ah wonder if dem Trini athletes good tuh go boi…hmmm…ring ring…look mudda cornhusk calling meh….we go fix dat…lolol
Please remove this photo of Keshorn from this headline……. WTH
Hope they test all their US athletes with the same eagerness
Hv confidence ppl of TT , our athletes are clean . Our drug is steelpan n calypso , tassa n chutney , roti n doubles , crab n callaloo …. all wth a white solo or Carib (optional) … believe in them …
Not 100% true.
Plus shutdown the country aphrodisiac when we win
PUNCHEON not banned…so TRINIS safe
Our drug is yam, corn soup, cow heel soup, bhagi and dumpling and salt fish.
Oh yes and a good sea moss.
I love your comment
Hope so! Finger,t
oes real cross!
Damn. I hope after Kelly Ann’s situation that we’ve learned to be honest and not allow the bright lights and the need to win mar what used to be clean competition. Am wondering why take so long to do these additional tests.
I really hope so?
Want to see them check Flo Jo. Lol.
If only they could eh! At least Marion Jones eventually got caught. But that dam Flo Jo took her secret to the grave! It makes me so mad that the 10.49 record she posted would NEVER be beaten because it is not humanly possible for a woman to run that fast! Almost 30 years have passed since that Olympics and the best Jamaican runners making 10.8
The record will eventually fall.
Kendall I ent so sure nah! Apart from the drugs the wind also assisted her and although they believed the anemometer may have been faulty the record is still there. So that not going any time soon !
I’m sure they find better drugs and the record will fall Rose-Marie. Lol
Our own tests are coming. Fingers crossed that every one of our athletes are cleared!
Ah, yes. The ultimate test of the TTOC to date (for me at least).
First, the Thema Fiasco, THEN the TTGF Fallacy, then THIS!
Who shall stand?
Who shall fall?
What will they do if they find drugs in the system of major athletes from so far back, are they going to ask them to return their medals? Steupssss.
Medals back for sure. Lance Armstrong also had to return a lot of money to his then sponsors…. as far as i recall…. cheaters have to feel the hurt….
Couldn’t agree more.
Agree with Ato: there is no bad time to weed out cheats…. that sums it up….
I meant it in the context that i can’t see it doing any good just my opinion, time will tell, i could be wrong and corruption is a world issue eh
Hey. The good is the crook won’t hang on to it. 😉
If every cheating medalist from last two Olympics is stripped and humiliated, I can’t see that as anything but positive.
This is a perfect example why corruption is so prevalent in T&T. People simply do not understand the concepts of integrity, morals, credibility.
Cheats should pay. Full stop. I don’t care how long it takes.
It’s baffling how people could say don’t worry about the cheats..let sleeping dogs lie! It really says a lot about why our society is so corrupt that it’s become our way of life.
Smart man-ism gets rewarded here. Up to now, some people still applaud Jack Warner.
Wait….do they keep samples of olympians from previous years?
Yes. For this very reason!
Hmmmm….that I didn’t know…..edge of the seat rubbing asses raw…
Technology changed allowing them to keep test samples over a longer time.
I’m not sure i see the point of expanding the search further back, Is it going to help the image of the sport?, I dont think so, will it bring any sense of justification or joy to the other athletes? maybe a little but that time is long past and nobody cares anymore. I say let sleeping dogs lie and lets move forward stronger and avoid repeating the past
Hey, if you were a clean athlete then I’m damn sure you will care eh. I say go all the way back to 1984! Lol
Lmao lol well i guess since they going back, go all the way back, that will be fair lol
I hope they can sue them for earnings too!
Whatever age they catch those Nazi war criminals at… They could be two weeks from their death bed. You know they will spend those two weeks in jail! Lol.
Lmao quite a colorful analogy lol point well taken LOL
if i was riding 100% clean in the Armstrong era chances are i wouldnt even have been in the top 10 in GC on any of the three grand tours.
Probably would mean I wouldnt have been a stage winner either.
but would i have wanted to KNOW…simply KNOW…categorically…unequivocally KNOW that those ahead of me were doped? Yes.