Track and field: Tyson Gay returning $500,000 to promoters

Herald-Leader wire servicesMay 7, 2014 

Gay Positive Test

FILE - In a May 25, 2013, file photo Tyson Gay reacts after winning the Men's 100m during the IAAF Diamond League Grand Prix competition in New York. Gay was informed Friday July 12, 2013, he has tested positive for a banned substance and says he will pull out of the world championships next month in Moscow. (AP Photo/John Minchillo/file)

JOHN MINCHILLO — ASSOCIATED PRESS

American sprinter Tyson Gay has returned about $500,000 to the promoters of five Diamond League meetings as well as an invitation meeting in Jamaica, British newspaper The Telegraph reported. Gay, a Lexington native who was recently given a one-year ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency for using a cream that contained a steroid, is repaying all of the prize money and appearance fees he received since he started using the banned substance in 2012. He insisted that he had no idea the cream contained a banned substance.

“I can confirm the money is already on its way back from Gay’s agent,” said Ed Warner, the chairman of British Athletics. “They are aware their contract said the money was returnable if there was a doping violation but Mark Wetmore (Gay’s agent) was on the case before we got on to it.”

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