Usain Bolt Says Allowing Tyson Gay To Run Is The “Stupidest Thing Ever”

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Usain Bolt is furious over a one-year ban that was handed to American sprinter Tyson Gay.

In 2013, Gay was caught using steroids, but co-operated with the United States Anti-Doping Agency and thus only got a one-year ban.

He has seen his ban out, and has returned to competition, and will most likely run alongside Bolt at the World Championships this summer, something the Jamaican legend is really upset about.

“I was really upset about that,” Bolt told Runner’s World. “He got a year just because he talked to the authorities about how it was done and who helped him.”

“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.’

“I’m not looking forward to competing against Tyson. 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.

“Then to find out that he was on drugs — it’s a bit like I think parents must feel when they have a kid who does something bad and lets them down. I feel like he let me down and he let the sport down.

“You have to drive fear into athletes, to make them think about the consequences of their actions. If they’re getting an easy penalty why would they care?”



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