“The Jamaican sprinter Nesta Carter has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the International Olympic Committee (IOC) regarding the decision issued by the IOC Disciplinary panel on 25 January 2017 in which he was found to have committed an anti-doping rule violation during the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games. A consequence of such finding was the disqualification of Nesta Carter and the other members of the Jamaican team from the Men’s 4x100m relay at the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games in which they had achieved the gold medal,” read the CAS statement. “Nesta Carter seeks to set aside the challenged decision in order for the Jamaican team to be reinstated as gold medallists.” APPEAL FILED Nesta Carter’s appeal against his disqualification from the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games for a anti-doping violation has officially been filed through the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The 31-year-old will in a few days be advised of a hearing date into the matter. CAS confirmed the development yesterday noting that the Jamaican was contesting the decision issued by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) Disciplinary Panel on January 25, in which the sprinter was found to have committed a violation of anti-doping rules during the Beijing Games. Carter’s sample retroactively tested positive for the prohibited substance methylhexaneamine, resulting in him and Jamaica’s gold medal winning 4x100m relay team being disqualified and stripped of the medals won in the Chinese city. In a media release, CAS outlined that the arbitration procedure is now in progress and advised that the parties will exchange written submissions after which a panel of three arbitrators will be constituted. This panel will then issue directives regarding the holding of a hearing into the matter and then make a decision after its deliberations.
The Bureau of Statistics on Wednesday received survey supplies worth an estimated $30 million from the United Nations International Children’s Emergency Fund (UNICEF) to commence the country’s latest round of the Multi-Indicator Cluster Survey, this April.This was highlighted by UNICEF’s Country Representative to Guyana and Suriname, Sylvie Fouet, at the official handing over ceremony held at the Bureau of Statistics boardroom.Fouet explained that this programme aims to collect and compile data on the situation of children and women, to be used for nationwide decision-making. Fouet also noted the use of new modules, while going paperless.From left: UNICEF’s Country Representative to Guyana and Suriname, Sylvie Fouet, handing the survey supplies to Deputy Chief Statistician, Ian Manifold (DPI photo)“Guyana is ahead of the curb in the Region – they did in Suriname and Costa Rica, but they did not use the full module – so, Guyana is top three in the Region to embark on this type of survey this new methodology and going digital,” the UNICEF Country representative is quoted by the Department of Public Information as saying.According to Fouet, three-week capacity building exercises will commence at the end of March and 21 teams will be launched simultaneously across the country to conduct the survey.Deputy Chief Statistician Ian Manifold expressed his gratitude to the UNICEF for providing the necessary tools to conduct the survey, noting that going digital will accelerate the institution’s progress. He explained that during the last census, it was highlighted that the process needed to be conducted in a timely manner.“We would like our public to understand the collection of the mixed data is very beneficial to the development of Guyana. It is going to speak to how we develop policies and how we push our development… so, I would really like the general public to continue to give us their cooperation over the years,” Manifold said.He disclosed that officers will be properly attired so that persons can easily recognise the organisation and the nature of their business.Currently, the Bureau is also conducting the continuous labor force and household budget and living conditions surveys.This international survey is conducted every five years.