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Scottish swimmer Michael Jamieson slams 'lenient treatment' of Tyson Gay despite failed drug test


Scottish swimming star Michael Jamieson has said that American sprinter Tyson Gay has received a light punishment over his failed drug test.

The former world 100m champion received a one-year backdated ban after testing positive for a banned steroid although his ban was shorter as he co-operated with the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).

According to the BBC, the 2012 Olympic silver medallist voiced his disgruntlement over Gay's apparently lenient treatment over Twitter, saying that although an athlete can take certain cold remedies and face serious suspensions, he however, is banned for only a year despite failing tests for testosterone.

Jamieson further said that the former world champion's suspension, coupled with the ban of Asafa Powell, makes the glamorous sport very difficult to believe in and undermines efforts to clean up the sport.

However, the swimmer added that it will be just a 'tap on the wrist' for Gay in the US, where he will be celebrated, adding that the entire fiasco shows that there is no real desire to tackle doping in

Former 100m and 200m world champion Gay, who could have faced a two-year ban, is eligible to return next month, and can also compete in future Olympics and World Championships with his suspension backdated to June 23, the date he tested positive at the US World Championship trials, the report added.

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First Published: Sun, May 04 2014. 11:19 IST