Sprinters Gay and Powell fail doping tests

CONFESSIONS of failed drugs tests by high-profile sprinters Tyson Gay and Asafa Powell, plus four other athletes, rocked the sport last night, less than a month before the World Championships are set to commence in Russia.

Gay, the world’s second fastest man who swept the board with three gold medals at the 2007 World Championships, has pulled out of the Moscow meet, despite awaiting the results of his B sample.

And the 30-year-old American believes an “accident” was the reason for his positive test.

“I don’t have any lies,” said Gay. “I basically put my trust in someone and I was let down. Sometimes a human being naturally, generally trusts somebody.

“The authorities already know it is some type of accident. I know exactly what went on but I can’t discuss it right know.”

Meanwhile Powell, a former 100m world record holder and member of Jamaica’s gold medal winning relay team at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, admitted a banned stimulant, oxilofrine (methylsynephrine), had been found in a sample taken at the national trials in Kingston last month.

However the 30-year-old insists he did not knowingly cheat.

“I will confirm that a sample I gave at the national trials in June earlier this year has returned adverse findings,” said Powell.

“I want to be clear in saying to my family, friends and most of all my fans worldwide that I have never knowingly or willfully taken any supplements or substances that break any rules.

“I am not now, nor have I ever been, a cheat. This result has left me completely devastated.

“My team has launched an internal investigation and we are cooperating with the relevant agencies and law enforcement authorities to discover how the substance got in my system.”

Four other Jamaican athletes, including Sherone Simpson, a 2004 Olympic relay gold medal winner, have also tested positive for banned substances.

The others, so far unnamed, are said to be a junior athlete and two throwers.