Could/would Jamaica be banned from the Olympics?

This article was originally posted by Ryan at the original HillRunner.com Blogs.

For those who haven’t been following, Jamaica has had some doping troubles recently.

Could the nation as a whole, including Usain Bolt, pay the price?

The obvious answer is yes, obviously, this is a possibility. It is within the power of international agencies to ban the nation that is performing its doping control responsibilities so poorly.

Would it realistically happen? The likely answer is don’t count on it. Would the IAAF, IOC or any other governing agency really want to take away the most famous name currently in the sport and one of the most famous names currently in the Olympics? Would they want to take away one of the premier rivalries (Jamaica vs. USA in the sprints)? Even if there is some short term punishment for the nation as a whole, don’t expect it to last. Everyone in power wants them to keep competing.

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