Fort Worth - A lawsuit filed by Tyson Gay's former coach Jon Drummond, who claims he
was falsely accused of supplying the sprinter with performance-enhancing
drugs, is 'baseless', the United States Anti-Doping Agency (Usada) said
The lawsuit comes as Usada is seeking a lifetime ban against Drummond
for supplying the joint second fastest man in history with
"Mr Drummond's baseless lawsuit against the US Anti-Doping Agency is an
effort to circumvent the mandatory arbitration process established to
protect the rights of all clean athletes, coaches and the integrity of
competition," Usada spokesperson Annie Skinner said in a statement to
"Under the rules which were approved by athletes, the US Olympic
Committee and all US sport federations, Mr Drummond will have the
opportunity to have his case heard by a panel of independent
arbitrators, who will ultimately weigh all evidence presented and
determine the outcome of the case.
"As in numerous previous cases, we will ask the court to dismiss Mr.
Drummond's lawsuit in favour of the well-established arbitration
Neither Gay nor his agent responded to requests for comment.
Drummond, a former Olympic sprinter who coached the US relay team at the
2012 LondonGames, filed a defamation lawsuit on Wednesday against Gay,
USADA and USADA chief Travis Tygart.
"Mr. Drummond categorically denies ever having encouraged Tyson Gay, or
any other athlete, to use any banned substance," Mark Whitburn, one of
Drummond's lawyers, said in a statement emailed to Reuters on Thursday.
"Mr Drummond has been a vocal and active proponent of clean competition
throughout his career ... allegations that Jon Drummond has ever
encouraged any athlete to use banned substances are false and
"Usada's, Travis Tygart's and Tyson Gay's words and actions are designed
to cause great harm to Mr Drummond, and he has brought this lawsuit in
an effort to protect his reputation and demonstrate that he has acted
with integrity in his dealings with Tyson Gay and Usada, just as he
acted with integrity throughout his career as an athlete and in coaching
Gay, the gold medal winner in the 100 and 200 metres and 4x100 metres
relay at the Osaka World Championships in 2007, was handed a one-year
ban earlier this month after testing positive in 2013 for a banned
He has returned the silver medal he won with the US 4x100 metres relay
team at the 2012London Olympics but will be eligible to return to
competition as early as next month after admitting his offence and
co-operating with investigators.
As part of the suspension he accepted, Gay was disqualified from all
competitive results since July 15, 2012, the date he first used a
product that contained a prohibited steroid.
The start of his ban was backdated to June 23, 2013, the day his doping
sample was collected at the USA Outdoor Track & Field Championships
and when he voluntarily stopped competing after being notified of his
Only Jamaican world record holder Usain Bolt has a faster 100 metres
time than Gay, whose 2009 clocking of 9.69 seconds was later equalled by
Jamaican Olympic silver medallist Yohan Blake in 2012.