Usain Bolt says Tyson Gay should be banned for life for doping

100-meter world record holder Usain Bolt says Tyson Gay should be banned for life for doping.
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Six-time Olympic gold medalist and 100-meter world record holder Usain Bolt says fellow sprinter Tyson Gay should be banned from the sport for doping.

He calls Gay’s reduced ban for cooperating with investigators who probed him for taking performance-enhancing drugs, “the stupidest thing I've ever heard.”

A potential two-year ban for Gay was reduced to one-year last year after he tested positive for a banned anabolic steroid at 2013 U.S. championships.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency reduced Gay’s ban after he provided information to USADA, leading to an eight-year suspension for his former coach, Jon Drummond.

“He got a year just because he talked to the authorities about how it was done and who helped him,'' Bolt said in an interview with Runner's World magazine published in The Times of London. “That sends the wrong message: ‘If you do it and get caught, just tell us all you know and we'll lower your ban.’ It’s the stupidest thing I’ve ever heard. The message should be: ‘If you cheat you’re going to be kicked out of the sport.’”

Gay, 32, who is the American record holder in the 100 meters, returned his silver medal in the men's 4x100-meter relay from the 2012 London Olympic Games after the suspension and could compete against Bolt at the World Championships this summer.

“I’m not looking forward to competing against Tyson,” Bolt said. “It really bothers me. I’m not worried about him beating me, I think it’s because I respected him so much over the years. He was a competitor, kept me on my toes and he pushed me to always do my best."

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