Jun 21, 2013; Des Moines, IA, USA; Tyson Gay reacts after winning a 100m semifinal in a wind-aided 9.75 in the 2013 USA Championships at Drake Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sprinter Tyson Gay suspended for doping, returns silver medal


 

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:

 

Gay’s ban was reportedly reduced after he cooperated with USADA officials by giving up information on other individuals.

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