U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay is returning close to $500,000 in appearance fees and prize money from six meets in which he competed since he began taking a banned anabolic steroid on July 15, 2012, according to the Telegraph.
Gay, the joint second fastest man of all time in the 100m, failed three drug tests last year and hasn’t competed since admitting to one of them on July 14. He was given a one-year suspension by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, backdated to June 23, when he could have received a two-year ban. USADA said he was given a reduced suspension for “providing substantial assistance” to the agency.
Gay is paying money back to five Diamond League meets and one meet in Jamaica, according to the newspaper. One of them is the 2012 Birmingham Grand Prix in Great Britain, where Gay finished second in a 200m race two weeks after the Olympics.
“I can confirm the [Birmingham] money is already on its way back from Gay’s agent,” British Athletics chairman Ed Warner told the newspaper. “They are aware their contract said the money was returnable if there was a doping violation, but [Gay’s agent] Mark Wetmore was on the case before we got on to it.”
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Pyeongchang Olympic organizers published a promotional video Friday highlighting the South Korean host’s venues and its slogan, “Passion. Connected.”
The video highlights South Korea’s history of hosting major sports events — the 1988 Summer Olympics in Seoul, the 2002 FIFA World Cup across Japan and South Korea and the 2011 World Track and Field Championships in Daegu — which was also a point during its host city candidacy several years ago.
Pyeongchang finally earned the right to host the Olympics after finishing second in voting for the 2010 Winter Games (losing by three votes) and the 2014 Winter Games (losing by four votes).
The Opening Ceremony on Feb. 9, 2018, will mark the first Winter Games in East Asia in 20 years.
The slogan was announced on May 16, 2015.
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Mack Horton, the Olympic 400m freestyle champion, said he had a mole on his chest removed after a fan emailed his Australian swim team doctor alerting to get it checked out.
Horton said he believed the concerned fan may have been a skin specialist, according to the (Melbourne) Herald Sun.
“I’ve been watching this mole for a little while, Mack should probably go and get it checked out,” Horton said the fan said in an email to the doctor, according to the report. “They just looked at it [Thursday] and said let’s take it out now.
“They checked my whole body and then looked at this one and said we’d rather do it sooner rather than later.”
Horton joked on Australian TV that he probably owes the fan a free swim lesson.
“Sometimes I was blasé and sometimes I’d see it in the mirror and say, ‘I probably should get this one checked out,’ because I had noticed it had been changing a little bit, but I guess this person calling me out on it made me finally go and do it, which was a good thing,” Horton said, according to the newspaper.
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