Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay’s 2013 positive test for a banned substance has resulted in his being hit with a one year suspension, says the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.
Gay’s suspension began on June 23, 2013, the date of his failed test. The sprinter forfeited all results dating back to July 15, 2012 and returned the silver medal he won at the London Olympics in 2012.
“We appreciate Tyson doing the right thing by immediately withdrawing from competition once he was notified, accepting responsibility for his decisions, and fully and truthfully cooperating with us in our ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding his case,” USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said in a statement.
Though the ban included the forfeiture of his silver medal and removal from competition for a year, some believe the punishment was not severe enough. BBC’s Tom Fordyce tweeted:
So Tyson Gay gets just a one-year ban for doping. Backdated to time of test, free to compete from next month. That’ll teach him.
— tomfordyce (@tomfordyce) May 2, 2014
Gay’s ban was reportedly reduced after he cooperated with USADA officials by giving up information on other individuals.