Christian Coleman, the reigning 100-metre track world champion, has been banned from the sport for two years.
This will mean that the American will miss the Tokyo Olympic Games in 2021.
The banning relates to two out of the three drug tests he failed to have completed back in 2019.
While Coleman didn’t contest his first missed test on 16 January 2019, he disputed his filing failure on 26 April 2019 and whereabouts failure on 9 December. But a tribunal ruled against him, calling his attitude to his obligations "entirely careless, perhaps even reckless", reports The Guardian.
So, if Coleman wasn’t at home during the allocated timeslot when the two doping control officers (DCO’s) showed up and waited outside for him to return, where was he?
Well, according to store receipts presented to the tribunal, he was shopping. The Guardian further reports that the tribunal was given detailed store receipts and that further suggested that he is lying when he said he was home for 10 minutes between 8pm and 9pm that night in December.
On previous occasions when the athlete wasn’t at home, the designated DCO’s phoned the athlete to inform him that they are at his house to do a drug test, even though they had a scheduled appointment with him. This time they didn’t do it and according to the rules, they’re not obligated to do so.
Coleman claimed that if they would have phoned him like they have done previous times, that he would have gone home.
The 24-year-old, who has never tested positive for a banned substance before, has 30 days to appeal the ban.
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