Monday, July 15, 2013
Top Track and Field Sprinters Tested Positive for banned substances
Sprinters Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson admitted Sunday that they had tested positive for banned substances.
Tyson Gay is an American champion in 100 meters while Jamaica's Powell is the former world-record holder in the 100 meters. Sherone Simpson of Jamaica has won a gold and two silver Olympic medals.
Gay, who is the winner of world championship in the 100, 200 and 4x100 relay in 2007, took part in the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's "My Victory" program - in which athletes volunteer for enhanced testing to prove they're clean - and his results never raised red flags. Until, that is, an out-of-competition test May 16 that yielded positive results for a banned substance, the identity of which neither he nor USADA CEO Travis Tygart would reveal.
Powell 30, holder of 100-meter record of 9.74 stood until Usain Bolt beat it in 2008, wants an investigation as to how a stimulant called oxilofrine entered his system and caused a positive test at Jamaica's national championships in June.
Simpson, who tested positive for the same stimulant, said she "would not intentionally take an illegal substance of any form into my system."
The positives recorded by Powell and Simpson are part of a bigger doping crisis hitting Jamaica. In Sunday's editions, The Gleaner newspaper of Jamaica reported that five athletes had tested positive. Paul Doyle, the agent who represents Powell and Simpson, confirmed to the AP that his sprinters were among them.
Why not just legalized steroids use in sports? I'm pretty sure it is used even in NBA and other sports they are just not getting caught. Legalized it for a level playing field.