Adidas suspends Tyson Gay sponsorship

Adidas suspends Tyson Gay sponsorship

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Tyson Gay of the US celebrates after winning the Men's 100 m event during the Diamond League Athletics meeting "Athletissima" on July, 4, 2013 in Lausanne. Gay cruised to victory in the 100m in 9.79 seconds in Lausanne. The 30-year-old American's win, with Asafa Powell second in 9.88sec, will keep the pressure on Usain Bolt, who competes in the 200m at the Paris Diamond League meet. AFP PHOTO / FABRICE COFFRINI (Photo credit should read FABRICE COFFRINI/AFP/Getty Images)

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Associated Press

Posted on July 15, 2013 at 7:00 AM

Updated Tuesday, Jul 16 at 10:17 AM

HERZOGENAURACH, Germany (AP) — Adidas has suspended its sponsorship of Tyson Gay after the American sprinter's positive doping test.

After learning that a banned substance was detected in a May out-of-competition test, Gay pulled out of the upcoming world championships.

In a statement, Adidas says "we are shocked by these recent allegations, and even if we presume his innocence until proven otherwise, our contract with Tyson is currently suspended."

The sportswear giant has backed Gay since 2005 and says such sponsorships are terminated "if the athlete is found guilty of the possession, or use of drugs, or any other prohibited substance by the relevant governing sports body having jurisdiction over the athlete."

Gay has said he will have his "B'' sample tested soon, possibly as early as this week.

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