Track and field
Gay, Powell fail drug tests
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Jamaican Asafa Powell, the former world-record holder at 100 meters.
Jamaican Sherone Simpson, who has a gold and two silver Olympic medals to her credit.
Word came Sunday that all three had failed drug tests.
Max Siegel, the chief executive officer of USA Track & Field, said in a statement: “It is not the news anyone wanted to hear, at any time, about any athlete.”
Siegel’s predecessor at USATF, Doug Logan, called it “a sad day.”
“But I don’t see anything on the horizon that says this will be abated in any way,” Logan told The Associated Press.
Results from a May 16 out-of-competition test of Gay came back positive for a banned substance. Neither Gay nor Travis Tygart, CEO of the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, gave details on the banned substance.
Gay, a 30-year-old who is the U.S.-record holder at 100 meters, fought back sobs as he said, “I don’t have a sabotage story. I don’t have any lies. I don’t have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake or it was on USADA’s hands, someone playing games. I don’t have any of those stories. I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down.”
Gay, who won the 100 and 200 meters at U.S. nationals last month, said he would pull out of next month’s world championships in Moscow.
Powell, 30, was calling for an investigation as to how a stimulant called oxilofrine entered his system and caused a positive test at Jamaica’s national championships in June.
Simpson, a 28-year-old who tested positive for the same stimulant, said she “would not intentionally take an illegal substance of any form into my system.”
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