A petition to have Edinburgh skier Alain Baxter’s Olympic bronze medal returned to him has topped more than 4200 names.
Baxter’s bronze was the first ever Olympic snowsports medal won by a British skier or boarder but it was controversially stripped following a drugs test failure.
Baxter said that he was “overwhelmed” by the support that had been shown by campaigners and had “not given up hope” of “justice being done.”
The 40-year-old’s historic achievement 12 years ago at salt Lake City in America was tarnished by controversy after he tested positive for banned substances after the race.
Now an online petition (http://www.ipetitions.com/petition/alain-baxter-team-gbs-first-winter-olympic-medal) to overturn the injustice has attracted thousands of signatures since being launched on Tuesday. It aims to get to 10,000.
“We the undersigned call on the International Olympic Committee and other relevant bodies to restore the olympic bronze medal won by Alain Baxter at the 2002 winter games in Salt Lake City,” says the petition