IOC, IAAF look at bright side of new doping cases

July 15, 2013 - 1:36 PM
Athletics Powell Gay Doping

FILE - In this Sept. 12, 2009 file photo Tyson Gay, left, of the United States and Asafa Powell from Jamaica compete in men's 100 meters during an IAAF World Athletics Final at Thessaloniki's Kaftanzoglio stadium, Greece. Former 100-meter world-record holder Asafa Powell and Jamaican teammate Sherone Simpson have each tested positive for banned stimulants, according to their agent. Paul Doyle told The Associated Press on Sunday, July 14, 2013 that they tested positive for the stimulant oxilofrine at the Jamaican championships and were just recently notified. The news came the same day that American 100-meter record holder Tyson Gay revealed that he also failed a drug test. (AP Photo/Thannasis Stavrakis, File)

LONDON (AP) — International officials are looking at the bright side of the latest doping scandals to jolt track and field.

The positive tests that nabbed top-name sprinters Tyson Gay, Asafa Powell and Sherone Simpson are disappointing but also proof that global drug-testing efforts are working, the IOC and IAAF said Monday.

The cases, which were disclosed Sunday, come less than a month before the world championships in Moscow and cast another drug shadow over what is considered the marquee sport of the Olympics.

IOC President Jacques Rogge says "I am naturally disappointed, and I would like to reiterate our zero-tolerance policy against doping. ... but these cases do once again show the effectiveness of the strong, sophisticated and continually evolving battle against doping in sport."