Friday 22 November 2019

Gay pays heavy price as adidas walk away

After the initial shock come the tremors. Less than 24 hours after admitting to testing positive for a banned substance, American sprinter Tyson Gay was dropped by his major sponsor adidas.

Gay has yet to have his 'B' sample tested but after a positive 'A' sample from an out-of-competition test back in May, the sports manufacturer has distanced itself from the sprinter. An adidas statement read: "Our contract with Tyson is currently suspended. Adidas has a clear policy on doping and drug use – each of our agreements with our athletes includes a clear clause which states that the agreement shall be terminated if the athlete is found guilty of the possession or use of drugs or any other prohibited substance."

On a dark day for athletics on Sunday, Gay was one of six athletes reported to have failed a drugs tests. Five Jamaicans also produced positive samples during their World Championship trials last month, the most notable being the former 100m world record holder Asafa Powell.

Yesterday Italian police revealed that Powell's room and that of Sherone Simpson, one of the other athletes of the Jamaican quintet to be officially named, were searched at the Fra i Pini hotel in Lignano, where they are staying while training. No one has been arrested but drugs were found in the rooms. There is nothing to suggest they are illegal substances, and they have been taken away for testing.

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