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Surprised no-one's posted this yet. So that's two of the top sprinters fingered for doping ...
Sprint stars Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell test positive for banned substance

FORMER world 100m record holder Asafa Powell has confirmed he had failed a drugs test, just hours after top US sprinter Tyson Gay admitted testing positive for a banned substance.

Powell and Gay are the two fastest men over 100m this year and the revelations are likely to rock the world of athletics.

Gay, the 2007 world champion, was allegedly informed by the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) late last week of his failed test. The 30-year-old's B sample has yet to be tested.

He has said he will pull out of August's World Championships in Moscow.

Powell, who failed to make the Jamaica team for Moscow, said in a statement released on his Twitter account: "I will confirm that a sample I gave at the national trials in June has returned 'adverse findings'."

"The substance oxilofrine was found, which is considered by the authorities to be a banned stimulant.

"I want to be clear ... that I have never knowingly or wilfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules.

"I am not now nor have I ever been a cheat."

Jamaican teammate Sherone Simpson also tested positive for banned stimulants, according to their agent.

Gay told US media he had made a mistake and been let down by someone else.

News of his failed test quickly spread across social media sites on Sunday with one report claiming he had broken down in tears when speaking of the incident.

Gay had run the fastest time in the world this year at June's US trials for the World Championships.

He clocked 9.75sec, the 10th fastest 100m of all time.

Gay's personal best of 9.69sec in 2009 makes him the joint-second fastest man ever behind Jamaican legend Usain Bolt and equal with Yohan Blake.

The American won the triple of 100m, 200m and 4x100m relay in Osaka in 2007 whilst also claiming a 4x100m silver medal at the London Olympics last year.

Simpson won Olympic gold in the women's 400 relay in 2004 and silver in 2012, along with an individual silver in the 100 in 2008.

These doping positives come a month after another Jamaican Olympic champion, Veronica Campbell-Brown, tested positive for a banned diuretic.

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I think you need to look at the 4 athletes as a common group with common characteristics that lead to a simple expentation that they were caught now.

Tyson Gay is 31

Sherone Simpson is 28

Asafa Powell is 30

Nesta Carter is 27

With the exception of Simpson, none have won individual medals at the Olympics, all of them are getting older and losing ground in two fiercy competitive countries. I think this is just a case of older and fringe athletes looking to stay competitive in a sport that is passing them by.

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No sport is truly clean, but Track and Field is one of the sports where being clean seems to be a rare thing. I don't know how they do drug testing in sports like Tennis, Football, Gymnastics or any of the Winter sports outside of Hockey but I would assume that they too have drug testing.

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IOC, IAAF look at bright side of new doping casesLONDON (AP) - International officials are looking at the bright side of the latest doping scandals to jolt track and field.

The positive tests that nabbed top-name sprinters Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson are disappointing but also proof that global drug-testing efforts are working, the IOC and IAAF said Monday.

The cases, which were disclosed Sunday, come less than a month before the World Championships in Moscow and cast another drug shadow over what is considered the marquee sport of the Olympics.

"I am naturally disappointed, and I would like to reiterate our zero-tolerance policy against doping," IOC President Jacques Rogge said in a statement to The Associated Press. "Clearly, the fight against doping can never be totally won, but these cases do once again show the effectiveness of the strong, sophisticated and continually evolving battle against doping in sport being waged by the International Olympic Committee and its partners in the Olympic Movement."

Gay, the American-record holder in the 100 and the fastest man at the distance this year, said he tested positive for a banned substance in an out-of-competition doping control on May 16. He hasn't identified the substance and is awaiting the testing of his backup "B'' sample.

Powell, the former world-record holder in the 100 and second-fastest man this year, tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at Jamaica's national championships last month. Jamaican teammate Simpson, a three-time Olympic medalist, tested positive for the same stimulant.

On Monday, Adidas suspended its sponsorship of Gay, who has endorsed the German shoe and sports manufacturer since 2005. The company invoked a clause in Gay's contract relating to doping.

"We are shocked by these recent allegations, and even if we presume his innocence until proven otherwise, our contract with Tyson is currently suspended," Adidas said in a statement.

Also Monday, Italian police confiscated unidentified substances in a raid on the hotel where Powell and Simpson were staying. Rooms of the athletes and physical trainer Christopher Xuereb of Canada were searched and drugs and supplements were seized, Udine police captain Antonio Pisapia told The Associated Press.

Pisapia said it was unclear if the substances were illegal, and that they were being analyzed.

"We are examining the substances now," Pisapia said. "No arrests have been made and nobody has been placed under investigation."

The raid took place at the Fra i Pini hotel in Lignano Sabbiadoro in northeastern Italy.

The doping positives come a month after another Jamaican Olympic champion, Veronica Campbell-Brown, tested positive for a banned diuretic.

In recent years, the IOC and International Association of Athletics Federations have focused on increased out-of-competition testing and storage of samples for retesting and retroactive sanctions. The IAAF and some other sports now use the blood passport system, which monitors an athlete's biological profile over time for signs of cheating.

The news about Gay, Powell and Simpson came a month after another top sprinter - Jamaican Olympic gold medalist Veronica Campbell-Brown - tested positive for a banned diuretic.

"While not perfect, the methods are ever improving, with blood passports and the ability to test athletes 24/7 in and out of competition proving to be effective in catching cheats and acting as deterrents," Rogge said. "We also keep samples for eight years now so that improvements in testing can catch cheats long after the games are over."

IOC vice president Thomas Bach, who leads the committee's investigations into Olympic doping cases, said the latest news is "disappointing and encouraging at the same time."

"Should all the information be confirmed at the end of the day it would be a great disappointment that some athletes obviously haven't yet understood that there is zero tolerance in the fight against doping,'" the German said. "Catching the cheats is important but only a means to the end of protecting the clean athletes.

"At the same time yesterday's news is encouraging because it proves that the system of testing is working and no cheat is on the safe side. The fight against doping takes time and will never be ending but we are fighting it with all the necessary consequences."

The IAAF, which carries out more tests than any other international federation, also sought to emphasize the positive from the latest body blow to the sport.

"The IAAF's commitment to anti-doping in athletics is unwavering because we have an ethical obligation to the majority of athletes who believe in clean sport," IAAF spokesman Nick Davies said. "It is for them that we have built a program that is well resourced, far reaching and sophisticated

"The fact that we are able to detect and remove from the sport athletes who have breached our anti-doping rules should be seen in this context. The credibility of our anti-doping program, and the sport of athletics, is enhanced, not diminished, each time we are able to uncover a new case and we have the committed support of every athlete, coach or official who believes in clean sport."

The spate of high-profile drug cases has again focused attention on the issue of doping sanctions.

A two-year ban is the standard penalty for a first serious offense, though the punishment can be lighter for stimulants and in cases where athletes can prove there was no intention to enhance performance.

Under the proposed new World Anti-Doping Code, the standard penalty will be doubled to four years, still short of the automatic lifetime ban espoused by some officials.



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No sport is truly clean, but Track and Field is one of the sports where being clean seems to be a rare thing. I don't know how they do drug testing in sports like Tennis, Football, Gymnastics or any of the Winter sports outside of Hockey but I would assume that they too have drug testing.

It also depends on the sport. Some sports like cycling, athletics, swimming, cross country and biathlon are more prone to doping because it leads to use of PED. Whereas other sports don't recieve enough benefit from their use to make it worth the risk combined with fewer financial pressures.

Hockey is an interesting story, the side-effects of steroids especially the joint issues make them not as enticing as baseball and football.

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Wada warns Jamaica it faces expulsion from Olympics over drugs-testing failings The World Anti-Doping Agency on Wednesday night warned Jamaica it risked expulsion from the next Olympics and other major competitions if it failed to address failings highlighted by a senior ex-employee.

Wada director general David Howman urged the island’s government to investigate claims by the former executive director of the Jamaica Anti-Doping Commission that its drugs-testing programme was completely inadequate.

Renee Anne Shirley accused Jamaica’s politicians and administrators of ignoring her warnings that the positive tests returned by Asafa Powell and four other athletes were a “disaster” waiting to happen, saying: “They believe Jamaica does not have a problem.”

Howman warned that if the country refused to take its responsibilities seriously, Wada could deem Jadco non-compliant with the Wada code, which could have dire consequences for the country’s elite athletes, including world record-breaking sprinter Usain Bolt.

“Our normal approach if we have issues falling into the category of either complaint or concern is to try to work with the particular signatory – in this case the Nada [national anti-doping agency] – and remedy it,” Howman said. “If nothing happens, we can ask our board to declare any of the signatories non-compliant and that has implications as to whether teams from the country would be admitted into various events.

“We report the non-compliance to people who can then consider whether other sanctions ought to follow. That would be the IOC [international Olympic Committee] and IAAF [international Association of Athletics Federations] and so on.”

Shirley went public with her concerns this week in an article for US magazine Sports Illustrated. Howman said: “We were certainly concerned by the comments and would anticipate that the government and the agency itself would be appropriately responding.

“It’s serious. And I think that if responsible people in Jamaica are looking at it then they will address it. I would be disappointed if they didn’t. But, certainly, if there’s a lack of response then it’s something that we at Wada would want to take up with the Jamaican government.”

Wada was heavily involved in helping Jamaica establish Jadco around the 2008 Olympics and Howman defended its efforts to make it a world-class testing programme after women’s sprint star Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce returned an adverse finding three years ago.

However, Shirley revealed that Jadco conducted just one out-of-competition test in the five months leading up to London 2012, something Howman admitted Wada had also been aware of.

He said: “We’ve worked closely with Jamaica for a number of years. I was down there a few years ago to try to look after issues we felt needed to be addressed and they were then addressed by the government of the day.

“We knew that there was a spell in Jamaica where they didn’t have a CEO and there was a spell when they were not conducting testing and we didn’t know the reason for that. But that was certainly something that we became aware of.

“There was a gap where there was nothing because the previous CEO resigned to take up a political appointment or to seek election in the government. We were worried about that.”

Howman refused to reveal whether Wada had contacted Jadco or the Jamaican government on the back of Shirley’s article, describing such discussions as “confidential”.

He added: “We’ve had a pretty cordial relationship with the prime minister, who used to be the minister of sport. We’ve had no problem in the past in communicating with her and meeting with her and addressing issues that are of concern. So I would anticipate that ease continuing if it reached the situation of requiring it.”

Shirley quit Jadco in February over her concerns, which she claimed were justified by June’s positive tests for Powell and others.

Telegraph Sport contacted Jadco om Wednesday night for comment but was told the person responsible for responding to media inquiries was on holiday and it was therefore unable to comment on Shirley’s accusations.

Sports minister Natalie Neita-Headley did not respond to requests for comment prior to publication.


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Asafa Powell banned for 18 months for doping

Former world 100m record holder Asafa Powell has received an 18-month ban for failing a drugs test.

The Jamaican sprinter, 31, took the banned stimulant oxilofrine at last year's national championships but the suspension has been backdated and will end on 20 December, 2014.

Powell called the ruling "unfair and unjust", and said a legal supplement he took, Epiphany D1, was contaminated.

He plans to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

On Tuesday, fellow sprinter Sherone Simpson was also banned by the Jamaican anti-doping disciplinary panel

Simpson, an Olympic 4x100m relay gold and silver medallist, is a training partner of Powell and took the same substance at the same event.

Another Jamaican, Olympic discus thrower Allison Randall, was also handed a two-year ban on Tuesday for using a prohibited diuretic.

Powell and Simpson, who provided their samples on 21 June, 2013, will miss the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow in July.

The three-member disciplinary panel that ruled on Powell said he had been "negligent".



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US stripped of London 2012 Olympic relay medals

The entire United States 4x100m relay team have been stripped of their London 2012 Olympic silver medals as a consequence of Tyson Gay's drugs ban.

Former 100m and 200m world champion Gay was suspended for a year after testing positive for a banned anabolic steroid.

The 32-year-old returned his London 2012 medal when his suspension was announced in May 2014.

Now the International Olympic Committee has told US Olympic bosses that the whole team must return their medals.

The IOC wrote to the US Olympic Committee on Wednesday, telling them to collect the medals from Trell Kimmons, Justin Gatlin, Ryan Bailey, Jeffery Demps and Darvis Patton.

"We will begin efforts to have the medals returned, and support all measures to protect clean athletes," said a US Olympic Committee statement.

Kimmons and Bailey ran with Gay in the final, as did Gatlin, who has served two doping bans, including a four-year suspension between 2006-2010.

Gay's results from 15 July 2012 - the date he first used a product containing a banned substance - were annulled.

His one-year suspension was backdated to 23 June 2013, the date he tested positive at the US World Championship trials.

The American team finished second in London's Olympic Stadium behind Jamaica, who were anchored by Usain Bolt on their way to a new world record.

Gay and his team-mates set a new US record with their time of 37.04 seconds.

If the medals are reallocated, Trinidad and Tobago - who finished third in 38.12 seconds - would be awarded silver. Fourth-placed France would take the bronze instead.



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This is so strange. But because they went to the CAS, Marion Jones' teammates got to keep their 2000 medals and that victory is asterrisked in the books. What if the other team members here did the same thing -- which I hope they would? Where is the consistency of policy? As I said, if the IOC can't be consistent, they should just drop such a troublesome sport.

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