World Champion Track Star, Tyson Gay Positive for Doping
- Category: RTM News Reel
- Published on Monday, 15 July 2013 14:56
- Written by Roz Edward, National Content Director
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American 100-meter record holder,Tyson Gay, came clean about the results of a May 16 out-of-competition for substance use test which came back positive for banned substances. Gay, unlike many athletes who found have found themselves in similar positions did not make excuses or deny the findings.
The athlete who has promoted himself as the clean athlete, simply took it on the chin after being contacted by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency late last week that a test sample came back positive for banned performance enhancing substances. Gay announced that he would withdraw from the World Championships competition in Moscow, next month.
Gay made a statement from Amsterdam after receiving the news via phone call from the USADA. "I don't have a sabotage story. I don't have any lies. I don't have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake or it was on USADA's hands, someone playing games," said Gay, who fought back tears as he spoke. "I don't have any of those stories. I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down."
Asked who that person was, Gay replied: "I can't really say it. Sometimes a human being naturally, generally trusts somebody. That's what people do."
USATF CEO Max Siegel said in a statement: "It is not the news anyone wanted to hear, at any time, about any athlete."
Siegel added: "We do not know the facts of this case and look to USADA to adjudicate it and handle it appropriately."
The IAAF said the credibility of the sport's anti-doping program was "enhanced, not diminished" with the news of Sunday's positive tests. Former 100-meter world-record holder Asafa Powell and Jamaican teammate Sherone Simpson each tested positive for banned stimulants.