Tyson Gay, US 100-meter record holder has tested positive for a banned substance. The news shocked YouWager experts as Gay stated he will pull out of the world championships next month in Moscow.
During his career the star competitor had promoted himself as a clean athlete and failed to reveal the substance in a phone conversation from Amsterdam this weekend. However, Gay said he was notified by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency late last week that a sample came back positive from a May 16 out-of-competition test.
The 30 year-old athlete said he will have his “B” sample tested soon, possibly as early as this week.
According to the IAAF the credibility of the sport’s anti-doping program was “enhanced, not diminished” with the news of the positive tests. Former 100-meter world-record holder Asafa Powell and Jamaican teammate Sherone Simpson also tested positive for banned stimulants.
Nick Davies, a spokesman for the IAAF said the sport’s governing body does not comment on pending cases. Even so he added that the fight against doping is improved “each time we are able to uncover a new case.”
Gay who is a triple world champion in 2007 was healthy again this season after being constantly plagued by hamstring and groin ailments, in addition to a surgically repaired hip.
The Kentucky native won the 100 and 200 at nationals last month, setting up an anticipated showdown with Usain Bolt at worlds.
H Gay, who has the fastest 100 time in the world this season, also added he will pull out of a meet in Monaco and fly back to the headquarters of USADA in Colorado Springs, Colo., to be on hand when his “B” sample is tested.