Tyson Gay Tests Positive

Five Jamaicans also test positive

Tyson Gay     Photo: adifansnet/Flickr

American 100-meter record-holder Tyson Gay tested positive for an unnamed banned substance and will pull out of the world championship and expected showdown with Usain Bolt next month in Moscow. Gay was notified by the United States Anti-Doping Agency last week that his sample came in positive after a May 16 test. 

“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,” Gay told The New York Times. “I don’t have any of those stories. I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down.”

Gay refused to mention who that person was:  “I can’t really say it. Sometimes a human being naturally, generally trusts somebody. That’s what people do.”

Several years ago, Gay volunteered to be a part of the "My Victory" program for athletes who pledged to compete clean. In the wake of his positive test, he immediately announced his intention to move forward honestly with USADA and take whatever punishment the agency finds fit for him. 

“I’m going to be honest with USADA, about everything, everybody I’ve been with, every supplement I’ve ever taken, every company I’ve ever dealt with, everything.”

On Twitter, his reaction gained a level of support from journalists and pundits. Bonnie Ford wrote that "Tyson Gay's statement doesn't delve into specifics, but his immediate acceptance of responsibility is notable."

Meanwhile, news is breaking that five Jamaicans, including two Olympic gold medalists, have tested positive for banned substance. Sources say the athletes may have ingested a prohibited substance from a newly introduced dietary supplement and will be taking legal action against the supplier. 

Dr Herb Elliott, chairman of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission, told The Gleaner that he has not yet received any information on any adverse finding. 

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