Olympic sprinter Tyson Gay to race again after completing 1-year doping ban


Tyson Gay, center. (John Minchillom/AP)

Just in time for the Lausanne Diamond League meet in Switerland, American sprinter Tyson Gay has been cleared to compete after enduring a one-year ban from the sport for testing positive for anabolic steroids last year.

Many thought the World Anti-Doping Agency would appeal the decision by asking for an extension on Gay’s one-year ban, which was doled out by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency. The usual ban on offenses such as Gay’s is two years, but the USADA imposed the shortened punishment because Gay had agreed to cooperate with investigators, L.A. Times reports. In the end, WADA did not object, saying in a statement this week:

“After careful review and scrutiny of the full case file, WADA is satisfied that Mr. Tyson Gay provided substantial assistance to USADA in an appropriate fashion. WADA will therefore not appeal USADA’s decision which is compatible with the World Anti-Doping Code.”

Upon hearing the news, Gay was ecstatic. “Lausanne has always been one of my favorite meets, and I’m thrilled to have it be my opening meet,” Gay said via Al Jazeera.

The former world sprint champion is set to face American rival Justin Gatlin, who previously served a four-year doping ban, at Lausanne’s 100-meter event on July 3.

Marissa Payne writes for The Early Lead, a fast-breaking sports blog, where she focuses on what she calls the “cultural anthropological” side of sports, aka “mostly the fun stuff.” She is also an avid WWE fan.

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