World champion US sprinter Tyson Gay is banned after testing positive for banned substance
ANKARA – Former world champion US sprinter Tyson Gay has been banned for one year from competitions after testing positive for a banned performance-enhancing substance.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency announced on Saturday that they banned Gay owing to detection of an anabolic steroid in Gay's blood tests in July of last year.
The U.S. athlete, who was warned after the detection of the banned substance, collaborated with the agency and has not taken part in tournaments since July 23, 2013.
It is reported that the penalty against Gay took effect on that date, effectively making Gay eligible to attend sports events to be held after July this year.
After confessing that he had been using banned substances since July 15, 2012, Gay will have to return his gold medal he had won in 4x100 meters relay race in London Olympics held in 2012.
The 31-year-old had won three gold medals in 100, 200 and 4x100 meter races in 2007 World Championships, and has recorded the second fastest 100m sprint with 9.69 seconds after Jamaican athlete Usain Bolt, a feat Gay shares with Bolt’s compatriot Yohan Blake.
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