Trinidad and Tobago were initially awarded silver but upgraded to gold after a doping violation ©Getty Images

The Trinidad & Tobago Olympic Committee (TTOC) has awarded its Beijing 2008 men’s 4x100m relay gold medallists with $40,000 (£33, 386/€39,212) as part of the medal bonus incentive.

Richard Thompson, Keston Bledman, Marc Burns, Emmanuel Callender and Aaron Armstrong had to wait for a log time before they were upgraded from silver to gold after Jamaica team member Nesta Carter violated the anti-doping code by testing positive for methylhexaneamine.

The new medal was awarded in Olympic medal reallocation ceremony at the Olympic Museum in Lausanne this month.

TTOC medal bonuses are given to those who have medalled at the highest level of multisport events such as the Olympics and Paralympics and other events such as the recently concluded Caribbean Games held in Guadeloupe.

The TTOC men's relay team from Beijing 2008 received $40,000 as part of the medal bonus incentive ©TTOC
The TTOC men's relay team from Beijing 2008 received $40,000 as part of the medal bonus incentive ©TTOC

TTOC President Diane Henderson said that hearing the national anthem at the Olympic Museum was euphoric and that their reward was "long overdue for their outstanding performance, effort and integrity after waiting 14 years to receive the upgrade".

An elated Thompson thanked TTOC for the incentive and spoke of the sacrifices that athletes have to make for getting to the top.

"The difficulty that it takes to prepare at every level is one that comes with a lot of difficulty and we are truly appreciative as athletes representing TT," Thompson said.

"To know that when we wear our national colours with pride, joy and dignity when we receive trophies that it doesn’t go unnoticed.

"Thanks again to Diane Henderson always giving us the support and the acknowledgement and to Brian Lewis (former TTOC president) for starting this initiative and for being athlete-centred."