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Tyson Gay accepts one-year ban for positive drug test

Tyson Gay Tyson Gay is all smilies after winning the Men's 100m Grand Prix competition last May. (AP Photo/John Minchillo)

Sprinter Tyson Gay accepted a one-year suspension after testing positive for a prohibited substance, the United States Anti-Doping Agency announced Friday.

USADA also announced that Gay accepted disqualification from all results dating back to July 15, 2012. He has not competed since the 2013 World Championships.

The 31-year-old Gay tested positive for the presence of an exogenous androgenic anabolic steroid and/or its metabolites.

Gay has returned the Silver Medal that he won in the men’s 4x100m relay from the 2012 London Olympic Games and was stripped of all medals, points and prizes from competitions since July 2012. That Silver medal is now in the possession of the United States Olympic Committee.

USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said in a statement that Gay was fully cooperative with investigators:

“We appreciate Tyson doing the right thing by immediately withdrawing from competition once he was notified, accepting responsibility for his decisions, and fully and truthfully cooperating with us in our ongoing investigation into the circumstances surrounding his case.”

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