The International Olympic Committee has stripped the entire United States men’s sprint relay team of its silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics due to the doping case of Tyson Gay.
In a letter, the United States Olympic Committee by notified by the IOC that the US 4x100-meter relay team had been disqualified and all its medals withdrawn. The letter asked the USOC to collect the medals and return them to the International Olympic Committee. In a statement, Patrick Sandusky, a spokesman for the national committee, said the IOC confirmed that the U.S. team has been disqualified from the 4x100-meter race that was part of the athletics competition at the London 2012 Olympic Games following USADA’s decision in the Tyson Gay doping case. Sandusky added we will begin efforts to have the medals returned, and support all measures to protect clean athletes.
Last year, Tyson Gay returned his own medal after he accepted a doping ban of one year from the United States Anti-Doping Agency. The US athlete lost results going back to July 2012 after he was found guilty of using a product containing a banned substance.
The other team members who lost silver medals from the United States men’s sprint relay team were Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Ryan Bailey, Jeffery Demps, and Darvis Patton.
If the IOC decides to reallocate the medals, the silver would go to Trinidad and Tobago and the bronze would go to the French team.
Meanwhile, Justin Gatlin has remarked he has forgiven Tyson Gay after the US men's team was stripped of the Olympic 4x100m relay silver medal. Gatlin remarked the rules are the rules and added if the committee says we have to return it, he is going to follow the rules. Gatlin, who himself has been banned on two separate occasions, said he honestly don’t mind giving it back if it wasn’t won fairly and went on to remark that Tyson Gay has apologized for his actions and asked for public forgiveness and so now it’s time to move on from that.
Gay, a triple world champion in 2007, is an American track and field sprinter who is tied for second fastest athlete ever after Usain Bolt. Born on August 9, 1982, Tyson Gay won many medals in major international competitions. A two-time winner of the Jesse Owens Award, Gay won Best Track and Field Athlete for Track & Field News in 2007. He was felicitated with the 2007 IAAF World Athlete of the Year award and the ESPY Award in 2008 and 2011. Gay, the four-time U.S. champion in the 100 m, was part of USADA's program called "My Victory" a few years ago in which athletes pledge to compete clean. In his testimonial on the website, Gay said he competes clean because he really believes in fairness.
Last year, Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, the reigning 200-meter world champion and three-time Olympic gold medalist, was suspended by her national federation pending an investigation into a positive drug test. Campbell-Brown is good friends with Tyson Gay.