WADA will not appeal sprinter Gay's one-year ban

Tue Jun 3, 2014 3:16pm EDT
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By Gene Cherry

(Reuters) - The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will not appeal banned American sprinter Tyson Gay's controversial one-year doping ban, it said on Tuesday.

The global agency said the ban, which has been widely criticized in Europe as too lenient, was "compatible with the World Anti-Doping Code."

Gay, the world's joint second fastest man, last month had accepted the one-year suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) after a 2013 positive test for an anabolic steroid.

The ban was backdated to June 23, 2013, making the U.S. 100 metres record holder eligible to return to running later this month. His first race will be a 100 metres at Lausanne's Diamond League meeting on July 3, organizers said on Monday.

Normally athletes receive a two-year suspension for their first major doping offense but under anti-doping rules the ban can be reduced for substantial cooperation.

The U.S. agency said Gay was eligible for such a reduction because the sprinter offered what it termed substantial assistance in his case.

On Tuesday, WADA said it was satisfied with the decision.

"After careful review and scrutiny of the full case file, WADA is satisfied that Mr. Tyson Gay provided substantial assistance to USADA in an appropriate fashion," the global agency said in a statement to Reuters.   Continued...

Tyson Gay of the U.S. gestures after winning in the 100m event of the Lausanne Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, July 4, 2013.             REUTERS/Denis Balibouse