IAAF won't appeal Tyson Gay's reduced ban for doping

June 26, 2014 

MONACO — The International Athletics Federation will not appeal Lexington native Tyson Gay's reduced one-year ban for doping, saying the American anti-doping authorities properly handled the former world 100-meter champion's case.

The 31-year-old Gay, who is set to return from his suspension in next week's Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, received a reduced ban for cooperating with the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency's investigation.

In a brief statement on Thursday, the IAAF said the sanction "was appropriate under the circumstances and in accordance with IAAF rules. Consequently, the IAAF decided not to exercise its right of appeal."

The World Anti-Doping Agency decided on June 4 that it would not appeal.

Gay tested positive for an anabolic steroid at the U.S. championships last year. He was stripped of all of his results since July 2012 and had to return his silver medal from the 2012 London Olympics.

Gay, a graduate of Lafayette High School, returned to Lexington last month for the Tyson Gay Invitational high school track and field meet.

He said at the time he hopes to talk in detail about his suspension soon but was waiting for all of the rulings to run their course.

"There's a lot for me to tell, my side, and I would like to apologize to the city for not being able to speak earlier about the situation," he said. "But under the rules of USADA, they didn't want me to speak on the case. But they definitely understand what happened.

"I'm just glad to be back, and I want everybody in Lexington to know I love them and I appreciate the support. And I'll continue to run to my best ability and represent Kentucky proud."

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