Tyson Gay tests positive for banned substance

7/14/13 in Track and Field   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Blog Photo - Tyson Gay tests positive for banned substanceDetails are still coming in, but reports are that American sprinter Tyson Gay has tested positive for a banned substance. His A-sample from an out of competition test in May returned a positive. The B-sample has yet to be tested, and word is out on what Gay tested positive for.

In response, Gay pulled out of next month's World Championships. Gay was quoted as saying, "I don't have a sabotage story... I basically put my trust in someone and was let down."

Gay had run the three fastest 100 meters of 2013 to date, including a 9.75 in June at the US Championships. He was finally looking back to his old self after multiple injuries.

Obviously, this is yet another disaster for track and field, which is considered one of the dirtiest sports in the world. Having Gay, who had never been previously implicated, test positive is another black eye. It also will inevitably lead to speculation about Usain Bolt and his seemingly superhuman performances. It's not necessarily fair, but as we've seen, if you're an athlete setting records, you will be put under suspicion, and there's nothing you can do to convince the skeptics otherwise.
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9/9/13   |   ShivaNagini

Well, I believe the culprit is not the sport (Track and field or any other sport) but the expectations people have, which is making them (Athletes) to go out of their way to acquire what is required to fulfill and achieve the highest desire they ought to have to be in the field.
I think / …believe many athletes are taking illegal, unauthorized drugs to maintain their standards. Its like: If you are caught, you are a thief, else you are a super-star.
By the way, you cannot call a sport as a “Dirty(est) sport”, but the people, who encourage taking drugs to perform well, and the people who teach not about being fair, health disaster- after effects, etc. Seems, now-a-days, fame is important then the ethics.  
What you sow, you get the fruit of that... – One needs to understand this well.
(I appreciate athletes who took pains to reach the top. But, the sad thing is that they are getting carried away by the dirty politics of the game… - Taking drugs to be on the top and do extra-ordinary performance to be in the field.)

7/14/13   |   Eric_   |   7716 respect

Reports are also out that 4 Jamaican track athletes tested positive, including Asafa Powell. According to Tim Layden on Twitter, track has started to amp up its testing, and this may be the result.