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WADA satisfied with Tyson Gay’s suspension

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The World Anti-Doping Agency will not appeal U.S. sprinter Tyson Gay‘s retroactive one-year doping ban.

“After careful review and scrutiny of the full case file, WADA is satisfied that Mr. Tyson Gay provided substantial assistance to USADA in an appropriate fashion,” its statement read. “WADA will therefore not appeal USADA’s decision which is compatible with the World Anti-Doping Code.

WADA will make no further comment at this stage given that further inquiries are ongoing.”

On July 3, Gay is scheduled to race for the first time since he revealed one of his positive drug tests.

Gay received a reduced ban for “providing substantial assistance,” the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency said when it announced Gay’s suspension May 2.

The WADA Code notes that “substantial assistance” includes fully disclosing all information an athlete possesses in relation to the doping violation and implicating other individuals.

The American record holder in the 100m had all of his results since July 15, 2012 disqualified and has returned his 2012 Olympic silver medal in the 4x100m relay to the U.S. Olympic Committee, though it has not been decided if his relay teammates will also be stripped of their medals.

Gay is slated to race against at least one of his Olympic relay teammates, Justin Gatlin, on July 3 in Lausanne, Switzerland.

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President Obama to female Olympians: ‘Y’all crushed it’ (video)

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President Barack Obama hosted the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House on Thursday.

Obama opened his speech by saying that he had planned on doing a floor routine with Simone Biles, before ultimately deciding that the room was too crowded. First Lady Michelle Obama interjected to remind the crowd that her husband “can’t touch his toes.”

The President then singled out the athletic accomplishments of Olympians including Biles, Michelle Carter, Simone Manuel, Claressa Shields, Kristin Armstrong, Kim Rhode, Allyson Felix, Brianna Rollins, Nia Ali, Kristi Castlin, Katie Ledecky, Michael Phelps and the men’s and women’s basketball teams.

He also recognized: Ibtihaj Muhammad, the first American to compete in the Olympics wearing a hijab, Sam Kendricks, the U.S. Army reservist who put down his pole and stood at attention when the national anthem started playing, Will Claye, who proposed to U.S. hurdler Queen Harrison after winning an Olympic silver medal, and Abbey D’Agostino, who helped an opponent to her feet after a crash.

“That is exactly what the Olympic spirit and the American spirit should be all about,” Obama said about the sportsmanship of D’Agostino.

The President was particularly enthusiastic about the performance of the female athletes.

“2016 belonged to America’s women Olympians,” Obama said. “Y’all crushed it.”

Watch Obama’s full speech here.

After Obama’s speech, Biles presented him with a surfboard autographed by the Olympians in attendance.

“I’m going to have a lot of time to surf next year,” Obama said.

MORE: Photos of Team USA at the White House

Photos: Team USA at the White House

Twitter: @TeamUSA
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President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama hosted the 2016 U.S. Olympic and Paralympic teams at the White House on Thursday.

Below are some of the best photos of Team USA from inside the White House: