Sprinter abandons bobsled bid

TORONTO — Veteran sprinter Tyson Gay abandoned his bid to make the United States bobsled team on Wednesday after pulling out of the National Push Championships in Canada. Gay, 34, a divisive figure in US track and field following his 2013 doping conviction, opted to skip the men’s event after consulting with bobsled coaches, a statement said. “Gay flew to Calgary two days ago after finishing commitments following the Rio Olympics and has pushed a sled no more than 10 times,” a Team USA statement said. “After meeting with the coaching staff it was decided it was in Gay’s best interest to focus on learning and to watch the competition.” The statement said Gay would continue training with the US bobsled team and may compete in combination pushes. — AFP

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