Jon Drummond banned 8 years after assisting Tyson Gay’s doping
Track coach Jon Drummond was banned eight years after arbitrators found Drummond assisted U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay‘s use of banned substances in 2012, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Wednesday.
The independent panel found that Drummond possessed, trafficked and administered banned performance-enhancing substances, USADA said in a press release.
Gay, the U.S. record holder in the 100m, was suspended one year after he failed three drug tests in 2013. Gay said he began taking banned substances before the 2012 Olympics.
His ban was reduced because he provided substantial assistance to USADA.
Gay’s testimony and acquisition and use of banned substances is detailed in the independent panel’s 24-page decision regarding Drummond’s ban here.
With Gay’s earlier ban, all of his results since July 15, 2012, were wiped out, and he returned a 2012 Olympic silver medal in the 4x100m relay to the U.S. Olympic Committee. The fate of his relay teammates’ medals hasn’t been decided.
Drummond was a personal coach for Gay and a U.S. relay coach at the London Olympics.
“USATF, including the constituents who years ago elected Mr. Drummond in good faith to serve as chair of the Athletes Advisory Committee, had no knowledge of Mr. Drummond’s activities,” USATF CEO Max Siegel said in a statement. “We are all deeply disappointed. Mr. Drummond’s tenure as AAC chair ended December 4, 2014.”
Drummond’s ban prohibits him from coaching, training or advising athletes and participating or coaching at any event sanctioned by USA Track & Field or the International Association of Athletics Federations.
Drummond, 46, sued USADA and Gay in May for false accusations. He won Olympic gold and silver medals in 1996 and 2000 as part of U.S. Olympic 4x100m relay teams.