UK athletics chief calls for four-year ban on Powell, Gay
KINGSTON, Jamaica -- The United Kingdom's Athletics chief executive Niels de Vos has called for a "minimum" four year ban for Asafa Powell and Tyson Gay after both men admitted to failing drug tests.
According to The Telegraph on www.telegraph.co.uk, a “shocked and deeply saddened” De Vos insisted a two-year suspension was “not sufficient” to the sprinters, despite their claims that there was more to their positive tests than meets the eye.
A tearful Gay, whose times are second only to the world's fastest man, Usain Bolt in the 100 metres, said he was “let down” by someone he trusted, while former world-record holder Powell insisted he had never “knowingly” doped.
De Vos said there was virtually no excuse for a failed test and urged athletics authorities to impose a “minimum” ban of four years.
According to Telegraph Sport “The bottom line is, for me, a cheat is a cheat – almost whatever the circumstances. And if these guys are cheats then they should face whatever is coming to them.
“I wish that the IAAF and the international authorities would give them the sort of penalties that I’ve asked for in the past very loudly. Because, I think a two-year ban is just not sufficient.”