Former double world sprint champion Tyson Gay has pulled out of next month's Moscow world championships after failing an out-of-competition dope test.
The 30-year-old Gay remarked he basically put his trust in someone and was let down. In a statement, IAAF said its commitment to anti-doping in athletics is unwavering because it has an ethical obligation to the majority of athletes who believe in clean sport.
The American track and field sprint athlete who competes in the 100-meter and 200-meter dash this year has run the fastest three 100 meters of the year and his clash with Usain Bolt, Jamaica's Olympic 100 and 200 champion, would have been the highlight of the championships. Gay won a gold medal sweep of the 100-meter, 200-meter, and 4×100-meter relay at the 2007 Osaka World Championships. Tyson Gay, a two-time winner of the Jesse Owens Award and was the 2007 IAAF World Athlete of the Year, won his first Olympic medal, a silver, with an American record run of 37.04 seconds in the 2012 Olympic 4×100 m relay final. Gay's biggest moment of success came at the 2006 IAAF World Athletics Final in Stuttgart and he soon became the World Athletics Final champion with another improved personal best of 19.68s, to make himself the joint third-fastest 200m sprinter with Namibian Frankie Fredericks.
According to media reports, Gay failed more than one drug test this year, recording one of his positives at the US championships in June. The sprinter, earlier in July, revealed he had tested positive in an out-of-competition test he took on May 1. It is rumored that Gay had multiple positives this year with one positive coming at nationals and the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) notifying him of that result. Many of his loyal fans and experts believe that multiple positives over a short period of time are a sign of an athlete who was not trying to hide anything but simply was not aware of taking a banned drug.
Tyson Gay may get a reduced ban since he is cooperating with USADA and the anti-doping agency usually offers reduced bans for athletes who cooperate with it. USADA chief executive Travis Tygart remarked the additional positive sample is consistent with him taking responsibility and added that the athlete should be commended for that and for removing himself from world championships, which we all should appreciate. Tygart added that the sample was expected, as he works with us for the fair resolution based on the rules, given the fact of his case.
Media reports have linked Gay to Clayton Gibson, an anti-aging doctor based in Atlanta, since the news of his positive test. The athlete has long sold himself as a clean athlete and even took part in "My Victory" program of USADA, in which athletes volunteer for enhanced testing in order to prove they are clean.
In the last few months, some of the most reputed athletes have tested positive for banned performance enhancing drugs. Jamaica's Olympic champion Veronica Campbell-Brown tested positive for a banned diuretic, Asafa Powell tested positive for a stimulant, and Powell's teammate Sherone Simpson, also tested positive for the same substance.