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Update: March 28, 2013

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NBC News was among the many media outlets reporting that American Olympic Champion – Tyson Gay had tested positive for a banned substance. Without going into detail about the exact substance, NBC News reported that Gay is willing to accept sanctions administered by the United States Anti-Doping Agency.

Owen Gibson – journalist of ‘The Guardian’ recently reported that Tyson Gay had won the 100-meter race at the Athletissima IAAF Diamond League in Lausanne (photo courtesy of Jean-Christophe Bott/EPA).  Gibson’s report describes a dramatic scene where Gay finished the race in 9.79 seconds and ahead of both Asafa Powell of Jamaica and Michael Rogers of the USA.

During a separate interview with the Associated Press following the doping bombshell, Tyson Gay initially seemed to take the high-road by accepting the validity of the test results. However, he seemed to redefine his position by implying that an entrusted member of his coaching team (perhaps a nutritionist) included the questionable substance among scheduled vitamins and mineral packs.

Tyson Gay was a serious contender as he prepared for world competitions in Moscow where a show-down with Usain Bolt was likely. Bolt, from Jamaica, has (himself) been plagued by rumors of illegal doping.  When the Moscow games convene, Tyson Gay will be absent from the track lanes but may be joined by other heavy hitters. Shockingly, Asafa Powell-Jamaica and teammate Sherone Simpson were also notified that they’d failed their drug tests via stimulants.  They will probably miss the qualifying World Championships as well as the upcoming Olympic summer games. They also submitted official responses with questions directed toward the transparency of their nutritionist(s).

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It must be noted that track and field athletes from Jamaica, Britain, and the United States often train at the same facilities in the United States. They have been known to share coaches, nutritionists, equipment, etc…  It is plausible that  many global Olympic teams will fall at the hands of one bad trainer/dietitian if their stories are, indeed, true.

Courtesy NBC News, The Guardian, and the Associated Press

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