Banned U.S. sprinter Gay to make return in Lausanne

Mon Jun 2, 2014 11:51pm EDT

Tyson Gay of the U.S. gestures after winning in the 100m event of the Lausanne Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, July 4, 2013.             REUTERS/Denis Balibouse

Tyson Gay of the U.S. gestures after winning in the 100m event of the Lausanne Diamond League meeting in Lausanne, July 4, 2013.

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(Reuters) - Former world sprint champion Tyson Gay will return from a one-year doping suspension at next month's Lausanne Diamond League meeting, organizers said on Monday.

The U.S. record holder, suspended after a 2013 positive test for an anabolic steroid, will race American rival Justin Gatlin, who served a four-year doping ban, and Frenchman Jimmy Vicaut over 100 meters at the July 3 meeting.

"Lausanne has always been one of my favorite meets, and I'm thrilled to have it be my opening meet," said Gay, noting he had been in training for several months.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said last month that Gay, the world's joint second fastest man, had accepted a one-year suspension backdated to June 23, 2013 after offering what it termed substantial assistance in his case.

He also returned his silver medal from the 4x100 meters relay at the 2012 London Olympics.

The controversial decision meant Gay would be eligible to compete from June 23.

Normally athletes receive a two-year suspension for their first doping offence but under anti-doping rules the ban can be reduced for substantial cooperation.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Greg Stutchbury)

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