Fall-out continues for positive testers as Adidas suspend their deal with Tyson Gay
Gay’s training partner Jason Smyth ‘shocked’ as he ponders news ahead of upcoming IPC championships in Lyon
Indeed Adidas broke the mould there too as in the in past other sportswear brands have been slow to make such swiftly condemning statements:
“Adidas and Tyson Gay have been partners since 2005 and during this time he has been a great ambassador for the sport of track and field and our brand,” the company said in a statement.
“We are shocked by these recent allegations, and even if we presume his innocence until proven otherwise, our contract with Tyson is currently suspended.
“Adidas has a clear policy on doping and drug use – each of the agreements with our athletes include a clear clause which states that the agreement shall be terminated by adidas if the athlete is found guilty of the possession or use of drugs or any other prohibited substance by the relevant governing sports body having jurisdiction over the athlete.”
In the meantime the investigation into Powell’s doping offence, one of five positive tests from last month’s Jamaican trials, also continues.
Powell, also 30, is managed by Paul Doyle’s Atlanta-based agency, and Doyle – as well as being married to former Irish sprinter Karen Shinkins – has also represented several Irish athletes in recent years.
Powell’s training group - known as Maximising Velocity and Power, or “MVP” - is currently based in Lignano, in north Italy. Yesterday, Italian police carried out an extensive search of the hotel where the athletes are staying, reportedly taking samples of several medicines found in the room of both Powell and Sherone Simpson, the fellow Jamaican sprinter also facing a doping offence from their Trials, as well as the room of their physical trainer, Canadian Christopher Xuereb.
Powell, the former 100 metres world record-holder, is suggesting his positive test can be explained by the stimulating substance oxilofrine (also known as methylsynephrine) which he claims may have been consumed through a food supplement. That, however, is unlikely to hold much sway with the IAAF, the governing body of the sport, and certainly doesn’t gain any sympathy from those athletes who have heard the supplement excuse so many times before.
“For any athlete, now, to blame it on a supplement is a total cope-out,” says David Gillick. “That doesn’t happen with the stuff you get from any reliable source.”