Breaking news from the Associated Press that is sure to disappoint (but maybe not surprise) increasingly disillusioned track and field fans: Tyson Gay not only tested positive for drugs recently, but he also did back at the United States championships in June, an event where he won the 100 and 200 meter sprints.
While doping in track and field is by no means a new phenomenon, the avalanche of recent positive tests have put a huge damper on the sport heading into the 2013 IAAF World Championships in Moscow, Russia. Not only has Tyson Gay withdrawn due to a positive test, but so has Jamaican sprinter Asafa Powell. On the women’s side, Jamaican sprinter Sherone Simpson has also tested positive for doping, as has Allison Randall. The combination of these positive drug tests with the rash of athletes that have withdrawn due to injury could mean a very dull competition at the world championships.
While some people associated with track and field have called for longer bans for dopers as a means of curtailing the problem, there seems to be no end or viable solution in sight.
The IAAF World Championships begin on August 10th and run (pun unintended) through August 18th.
[Source: Associated Press, via Yahoo! Sports]