Tyson Gay Gets A One-Year Drug Ban For Cooperating With USADA, Admits He Cheated At 2012 Olympics, Many Questions Remain

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by: USADA.org
May 2, 2014

LRC note: Assuming the IAAF and WADA do not contest this decision, American sprinter Tyson Gay will serve a one year doping ban (instead of two) because he cooperated with anti-doping authorities. Gay’s ban would end June 22nd of this year, making him eligible to compete at the USATF Nationals which start on June 26. However Gay won’t be able to compete as he won’t have a qualifying time as all of Gay’s results have been annulled going back to July 15th, 2012, when Gay says he first took a product that contained a banned substances. No word from USADA on what product Gay took or who provided it to him or how they detected it nearly a year after he started taking it. The timeline presented has Gay being clean at the Olympic Trials, but dirty at the 2012 Olympics and the USA will lose its 4×100 silver medals. It also has him starting doping in the middle of the week in Europe between the London and Monaco meets. Gay’s meet schedule is at the bottom of the USADA press release.

Colorado Springs, Colo. (May 2, 2014) – USADA announced today that Tyson Gay of Winter Garden, Fla., an athlete in the sport of track & field, has tested positive for a prohibited substance and accepted a loss of results dating back to July 15, 2012 and a one-year suspension for his anti-doping rule violation.

Gay, 31, tested positive for the presence of an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid and/or its metabolites which was confirmed by CIR (GC/C/IRMS) analysis, as the result of two out-of-competition and one in-competition urine samples collected by both USADA and the International Association of Athletic Federations (IAAF). Anabolic Androgenic Steroids are prohibited under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the IAAF Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code (“Code”) and the World Anti-Doping Agency Prohibited List. Since all three samples were tested in short succession prior to notification of the first positive result, the three adverse analytical findings, under the rules, are treated as one offense.

Tyson Gay at the 2012 Olympic Trials, Just Days Before We are to Believe He Started Doping

Tyson Gay at the 2012 Olympic Trials, Just Days Before We are to Believe He Started Doping

Upon receiving notification of his positive tests from USADA, Gay voluntarily removed himself from all competition prior to the 2013 World Championships and has not competed since that time. On the same day that Gay was notified of his positive test result, he agreed to assist USADA in its investigation of the circumstances of his positive tests. Gay provided substantial assistance as outlined in the WADA Code including being interviewed on several occasions by USADA and providing all of the products he was using at the time of his positive tests.

“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,” said USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart.

Gay accepted a one-year period of ineligibility which began on June 23, 2013, the day his sample was collected at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships. For providing substantial assistance to USADA; Gay was eligible for up to a three-quarter reduction of the otherwise applicable two-year sanction under the Code (or a six-month suspension). Gay’s sanction is subject to appeal by the IAAF and by the World Anti-Doping Agency.

Gay has also been disqualified from all competitive results obtained on and subsequent to July 15, 2012, the date he first used a product that contained a prohibited substance, including the forfeiture of all medals, points, and prizes. Gay has already returned his Silver Medal in the men’s 4x100m relay from the 2012 London Olympic Games, which is now in the possession of the United States Olympic Committee.

In an effort to aid athletes, as well as all support team members such as parents and coaches, in understanding the rules applicable to them, USADA provides comprehensive instruction on its website on the testing process and prohibited substances, how to obtain permission to use a necessary medication, and the risks and dangers of taking supplements as well as performance-enhancing and recreational drugs. In addition, the agency manages a drug reference hotline, Drug Reference Online (www.GlobalDRO.com), conducts educational sessions with National Governing Bodies and their athletes, and proactively distributes a multitude of educational materials, such as the Prohibited List, easy-reference wallet cards, periodic newsletters, and protocol and policy reference documentation.

USADA is responsible for the testing and results management process for athletes in the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Movement, and is equally dedicated to preserving the integrity of sport through research initiatives and educational programs.

*Discuss Gay’s doping ban here.

LRC Note: Below is a list of all Tyson Gay’s performances from 2012 and 2013 from all-athletics.com. The ones after July 13, 2014 are being stricken from the books. We are thus to believe the 9.86 Gay ran at the Olympics Trials in 2012 was clean and that he started doping mid-week in Europe between the London and Monaco meets.

2012 Performances

09.06.2012New York adidas Grand Prix100mUSAGLF21.10.00-1.5
23.06.2012Eugene USA Ch.100mUSABH41.10.00+1.6
24.06.2012Eugene USA Ch.100mUSABSF31.10.04-0.6
24.06.2012Eugene USA Ch.100mUSABF2.9.86+1.8
06.07.2012Paris Meeting AREVA100mFRAGLF1.9.990.0
13.07.2012Crystal Palace Aviva London Grand Prix100mGBRGLH22.10.15-0.7
13.07.2012Crystal Palace Aviva London Grand Prix100mGBRGLF1.10.03-1.2
Performances After This Date are Presumed to Be Dirty and Annulled
If the timeline presented is correct Gay started doping midweek on a trip to Europe?
20.07.2012Monaco Herculis4x100mMONGLF1.37.61
04.08.2012London Olympic Games100mGBROWH11.10.08-1.4
05.08.2012London Olympic Games100mGBROWSF32.9.90+1.7
05.08.2012London Olympic Games100mGBROWF4.9.80+1.5
11.08.2012London Olympic Games4x100mGBROWF2.37.04
23.08.2012Lausanne Athletissima100mSUIGLF2.9.83-0.1
26.08.2012Birmingham Aviva Grand Prix200mGBRGLF2.20.210.0
30.08.2012Zürich Weltklasse100mSUIGLFDQ+1.4
30.08.2012Zürich Weltklasse4x100mSUIGLF1.38.02


06.04.2013Gainesville Florida Relays4x400mUSAFF16.3:09.77
20.04.2013Gainesville Tom Jones Memorial400mUSAFF12.45.95
04.05.2013Kingston Jamaica International Invitational Track Meet100mJAMBF21.9.86+0.2
11.05.2013Clermont NTC Classic200mUSAFF11.19.79+2.5
25.05.2013New York adidas Grand Prix100mUSAGLSF11.10.30+1.0
25.05.2013New York adidas Grand Prix100mUSAGLF1.10.02-0.8
20.06.2013Des Moines USA Ch.100mUSABH14.10.28-1.6
21.06.2013Des Moines USA Ch.100mUSABSF21.9.75+2.4
21.06.2013Des Moines USA Ch.100mUSABF1.9.75+1.1
22.06.2013Des Moines USA Ch.200mUSABH11.20.14+4.3
23.06.2013Des Moines USA Ch.200mUSABSF21.20.07-0.8
23.06.2013Des Moines USA Ch.200mUSABF1.19.74+1.6
04.07.2013Lausanne Athletissima100mSUIGLF1.9.79+2.0

*Discuss Gay’s doping ban here

Some have asked if the US will lose its 4×100 silver medals at the Olympics. The answer is yes and the IAAF has confirmed it to NBC Olympics Nick Zaccardi.