Tyson Gay, the American 100 meter record holder, has received a one-year suspension. The American sprinter has been asked to return his 2012 Olympic silver medal, according to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. Gay’s sanction is subject to appeal by the International Association of Athletics Federations and by the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Gay accepted a one-year suspension that began June 23, 2013 and he was also disqualified from all results since July 15, 2015, according to USADA. Gay was suspended for using a product that contained a prohibited substance. The athlete is believed to have used a steroidal cream from an "anti-ageing specialist" that included testosterone, human growth hormone, and two other banned substances.
Gay has already handed over his silver medal to USOC officials, according to USADA. Gay, after learning of his violation last year, said he never knowingly or willfully took a banned substance. The athlete removed himself from all competition ahead of last year's World Championships and has not competed since.
Gay won the triple of 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in the 2007 world championships in Osaka, winning IAAF Athlete of the Year.
The 31-year-old Gay tested positive for the presence of an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid and/or its metabolites which was confirmed by CIR (GC/C/IRMS) analysis, as the result of two out-of-competition and one in-competition urine samples collected by both USADA and the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF). Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules, anabolic Androgenic Steroids are prohibited.
The athlete provided substantial assistance as outlined in the World Anti-Doping Agency Code, including being interviewed on multiple occasions by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and providing all of the products he was using at the time of his positive tests.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency remarked Gay's ban was reduced because he cooperated with their investigation. The athlete would be eligible to compete, including in future Olympics, beginning in June. USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said in a statement that we appreciate Tyson Gay 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 International Olympic Committee has welcomed ban on the US sprint star and said the IOC welcomes the decision taken by USADA following the confession of Tyson Gay and we note the athlete accepted responsibility for his actions and returned the medal from the London Olympic Games. In a statement, the IOC said it supports clean athletes and defends the integrity of sport against those who cheat.
Stuart McMillan, performance director/sprint coach at the World Athletics Center in Arizona, condemned the ban duration and 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. Former US long jumper Dwight Phillips said it was a horrible day for athletics. British former heptathlete Kelly Sotherton also condemned the short duration of ban imposed on Gay.