Tuesday 25 June 2019

Usain Bolt: Tyson Gay should be thrown out of athletics

Winner Usain bolt of Jamaica during the 100m Final at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics
Winner Usain bolt of Jamaica during the 100m Final at the 12th IAAF World Championships in Athletics

Usain Bolt has launched a blistering attack on his 100m sprint rival Tyson Gay, claiming the American should have been kicked out of athletics.

Gay failed three drugs tests in 2013 after using steroid creams but was only given a one-year ban after he promised to provide information for the US Anti-Doping agency. He told USADA that his coach John Drummond had supplied the creams: Drummond was given an eight-year ban from the sport for possession, trafficking and administering drugs.

He clocked faster times than Bolt last year and will be a serious threat to the Jamaican at the World Championships in Beijing this summer.

But Bolt, the reigning Olympic champion and world record holder, insists Gay should never have been allowed to return to the sport and says the fact he was given a lighter punishment sends the wrong message.

He told Runner's World magazine, in extracts published by The Times: "I was really upset about that. He got a year just because he talked to the authorities about how it was done and who helped him.

"That sends the wrong message: 'If you do it and get caught, just tell us all you know and we'll lower your ban.

"It's the stupidest thing I've ever heard. The message should be: "If you cheat you're going to be kicked out of the sport.'

"I'm not looking forward to competing against Tyson. It really bothers me. I'm not worried about him beating me, I think it's because I respected him so much over the years. He was a competitor, kept me on my toes and he pushed me to always do my best.

"Then to find out that he was on drugs — it's a bit like I think parents must feel when they have a kid who does something bad and lets them down. I feel like he let me down and he let the sport down."


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