Tyson Gay competes in the opening round of the Men's 200 Meter on day three of the 2013 USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships at Drake Stadium on June 22, 2013 in Des Moines, Iowa.
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Should I be shocked that the American 100 meter record holder, Tyson Gay actually tested positive for a banned substance? Probably not at this point!
The latest news is that Gay, who has always said he’s a “clean” athlete, tested positive and now says he’ll pull out of the world championships next month in Moscow.
Gay hasn’t said what the substance was, but did say he was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency last week that a sample came back positive from a May track meet. He did say he’ll have his “B” sample tested as soon as possible.
“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 said.
"I don't have any of those stories. I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down. I will take whatever punishment I get like a man. I do realize and respect what I put in my body and it is my responsibility. “
The USADA said it "appreciates his approach to handling this situation and his choice to voluntarily remove himself from competition while the full facts surrounding his test are evaluated.
"The B sample will be processed shortly," the USADA said in its statement. "And as in all cases all athletes are innocent unless or until proven otherwise through the established legal process, and any attempt to sensationalize or speculate is a disservice to due process, fair play, and to those who love clean sport."
Gay is the second high profile track athlete to makes headlines for doping in the last few weeks. Jamaica's Veronica Campbell-Brown, the reigning 200 meter world champion and three time Olympic gold medalist, was suspended by her national federation last month pending an investigation into a positive drug test. Jamaican officials said Campbell-Brown, the 2004 and 2008 Olympic champion in the 200, tested positive for a banned diuretic at a meet on the island in May.
So here’s the clincher in this story. A few years ago, Gay was part of USADA's program called "My Victory," in which athletes pledge to compete clean. In his testimonial on the website, Gay said, "I compete clean because I really believe in fairness, and besides that, my mom would kill me! Just being honest."
Solid testimonial, but hardly the truth! I hate to be such a pessimist, but this whole Performance Enhancing Drugs thing is way out of hand! Frankly, I’ve heard it too much and I’m getting tired of it.
Maybe we can just let it go and let athletes do what they want. After all, the playing field hasn’t been level for a long, long time!
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