Asafa Powell And Tyson Gay Fail Doping Tests

Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell, two of the world’s fastest men, have failed drug tests. The doping test failures have once again highlighted the growing influence of performance enhancing drugs among professional athletes.

The two athletes tested positive for a banned substance at an out-of-competition test on 16 May 2013. The 30-year-old Tyson Gay is the second fastest man of all time and has already backed off the USA’s World Championships team and Diamond League meeting in Monaco. Powell, on the other hand, has clocked 9.88s in 100m and is one of the five Jamaican athletes – two in field events and three sprinters – who returned adverse findings following the tests conducted at their National Trials, staged in Kingston from June 20th-23rd. Powell tested positive for banned drug Oxilofrine that is a stimulant used for improving ability of the body to burn fat and get more lean muscle and less fat and for increasing speed.

The one-time poster boy for clean athletics, Gay once signed up to Project Believe, a US Anti-Doping Agency initiative paving the way for extra drug testing. Gay remarked his career and name have always been better than medals or records or anything like that. He added that he has always wanted a clean name with anything and unfortunately he has to break this news, that he has a positive A sample. Tyson Gay further remarked that he doesn’t have a sabotage story and he doesn’t have any lies. He added that he does not have anything to say to make this seem like it was a mistake or it was on USADA’s hands, someone playing games and added that he doesn’t have any of those stories and added that he basically put his trust in someone and was let down.

Meanwhile, the trainer of Jamaican sprinting star Asafa Powell, Chris Xuereb, has refuted claims by Powell’s agent Paul Doyle after Powell and three-times Olympic medalist Sherone Simpson both tested positive for the same banned stimulant Oxilofrine. In a statement, Xuereb remarked it is time that the athletes took responsibility for their doping instead of looking around for a scapegoat. He further added that he is disappointed that that these athletes have chosen to blame him for their own violations. Xuereb also said he did recommend some vitamins and all were purchased over the counter at reputable nutritional stores and are major brands and the athletes didn’t inform him of taking any other additional supplementation.

The 28-year-old Simpson, who finished equal second in the 100 meters at the 2008 Beijing Games and won a gold medal in the 2004 Athens 4×100 meters relay, also denied knowingly taking a banned substance. Gay, the 2007 world 100 and 200 champion, remarked he couldn’t reveal the substance or how the positive occurred.

In a statement, Max Siegel, the CEO of USA Track and Field, said it is not the news anyone wanted to hear, at any time, about any athlete and added that he looked to the United States Anti-Doping Agency to handle the case appropriately. Four-time Olympic medalist and sprint analyst Ato Boldon said Asafa and Tyson are certainly two people who a lot of track fans have loved and admired for a long time and they failed drug tests unfortunately.

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