Trinidad and Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) President Brian Lewis has called on the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to speed-up the process to re-distribute medals from the London 2012 4x100 metres relay, claiming it is “not fair on clean athletes”.
This follows last month’s announcement that the United States team which initially won silver behind Jamaica are to be retrospectively disqualified following the one year suspension awarded to team member Tyson Gay after he tested positive for anabolic steroids in 2013.
Jamaica finished ahead of the United States in a world record time of 36.84 to take gold in the Olympic Stadium, while Trinidad and Tobago earned bronze in 38.12 to finish ahead of fourth place France.
The Trinidadian and French teams will presumably each move up one position, but full details are yet to be revealed and no specific timeline has been given for the redistribution process.
“I would like the IOC to review the process and ensure its fair to the clean athletes,” Lewis told insidethegames.”
The process currently is not fair to the clean athlete.
“It is long and drawn out.
“Notwithstanding that there is due process considerations.
“It’s not respectful to the athletes who are to receive a reallocation to have to wait for a protracted period of time.
“I respectfully believe it’s an issue and a process that requires review.”
When asked about the process last week, IOC communications director Mark Adams said that he thought no action would occur until the medals have been physically returned by the US athletes, something that has not yet happened.
Others have suggested the International Association of Athletics Federations have to be involved to coordinate the process.
As well as Gay, who has since returned to competition, other US team members include Justin Gatlin, who completed a four-year doping ban in 2010, following a two-year suspension imposed in 2001 but reduced on appeal
Also affected are Ryan Bailey, Jeffery Demps, David Petrell Kimmons and Darvis Patton.
May 2015: IOC confirm US men’s relay team stripped of London 2012 silver following Gay's doping conviction
May 2015: IOC strips US men’s relay team of London 2012 medal in Gay doping case
May 2015: Bolt and Jamaica beaten in IAAF World Relays after Gatlin's inspired leg
December 2014: Olympic gold medallist given eight-year ban by USADA for his part in Tyson Gay's doping offence
July 2014: Gay returns after halved doping ban to Lausanne, scene of his last win a year ago