Olympic Relay Medals In Jeopardy After Ban On Tyson Gay

The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has remarked that the International Olympics Committee (IOC) will have the final say on whether the 4x100 meters relay team mates of Tyson Gay will be stripped of their London Games medals in the wake of the doping ban imposed on Gay.

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Tyson returned his relay silver medal to the U.S. Olympic Committee after his results from July 2012 onwards were annulled. His team mates - Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, and Ryan Bailey - now face the risk of losing the Olympic silver medals they won in London in 2012. Nick Davies, deputy secretary general for the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF), said the IOC has control of the medals for the Olympics though IAAF rules say clearly 'team forfeits medals.' Third place Trinidad and Tobago and fourth-place finisher France could move up in the London results if the Americans lose their medals.

Jill Geer, USA Track & Field spokeswoman, said the body will not decide whether performance of the U.S. team of 37.04 seconds in London will be considered a national record until the International Association of Athletics Federations and IOC have determined the status of the medals and results.

Gay's suspension was welcomed by the IOC and it said we will take all necessary steps with regard to the Olympic Games in line with our zero tolerance policy, and our full commitment to the protection of the clean athletes.

The second fastest 100m runner in history made use of a steroidal cream that contained testosterone, human growth hormone, and two other banned substances. He got the cream from an "anti-ageing specialist" and the label on the jar claimed the cream was "100% All Natural". Gay received a reduced suspension of one year while Asafa Powell who claimed he took a stimulant Oxilofrine that came from a legal supplement Epiphany D1 received a longer suspension of 18 months. US Anti-Doping Agency's (USADA) chief executive, Travis Tygart, commented we appreciate Tyson doing the right thing by immediately withdrawing from competition once he was notified, accepting responsibility for his decisions, and fully and truthfully cooperating with us in our ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding his case.

The suspension leverage provided to Gay was heavily criticized by some elite athletes and coaches. Stuart McMillan, performance director/sprint coach at the World Athletics Center in Arizona, said no sane person can find justification in Powell receiving an 18-month ban for inadvertent stimulant use while Gay receives a 12-month ban for purposeful steroid use – cooperation or no cooperation. Kenyan Olympic champions Asbel Kiprop and Ezekiel Kemboi also expressed their displeasure on the doping ban reduction in favor of Tyson Gay.

Britain's European indoor 800m champion Jenny Meadows, disagreed with the principle of "plea bargaining" and said if someone has doped they have cheated other people out of a position and added it is cheating and stealing really. Eunice Sum, Kenya's world 800m champion, remarked if somebody is taking drugs that is wrong and there should be life bans.

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