100-meter world champion Christian Coleman will not compete in the Olympic Games next year after violating anti-doping rules. This was confirmed on Tuesday.
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said Coleman was hit by a two-year ban after breaking the whereabouts rules for anti-doping screenings.
Coleman escaped a ban last year after missing a hat-trick on drug testing and was suspended in June. Coleman has been banned for two years after being discovered to have violated the residence rules that require athletes to register their location in order to allow random visits for drug tests.
“We regret to say that we do not believe there is any mitigation that can be relied on to reduce the biennium sanction,” the AIU said in a statement on its website.
“Unfortunately, we see this as an athlete’s behavior at best as very careless and at worst as ruthless.”
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At the time of his provisional suspension, Coleman had alleged doping officers had failed to follow protocols and were absent for the entire duration of the hour-long window at his home on Dec. 9, where he was recorded to have been at the time.
He had gone Christmas shopping that day and claimed he returned home within the window from 7.15pm to 8.15pm, but testers testified that they were there for the entire hour outside his house.
Coleman testified that he got home from his Christmas shopping just before the hour-long deadline, but the proceeds of his purchase showed that he bought 16 items from a Wal-Mart store at 8:22 p.m., which disproved his testimony.
“We do not accept the athlete’s evidence,” declared the AIU.
“It is obvious that the athlete did not go home until after his purchase at 8:22 pm. We are pleased that this happened.”
Coleman’s ban is due to end on May 13, 2022 and he could appeal the Tribunal’s decision to the Sports Arbitration Court if he so wished.
Three mistakes in the proper submission of whereabouts information or the lack of the hour indicated in a 12 month period can result in a one or two year suspension.
And the Sprinter, who previously escaped suspension from a USADA ban after missing three tests following a dispute over the 12 month window in use, was given the maximum penalty following his recent indiscretions, with two of his previously missed tests becoming his most belonged to the most recent instance violating the 12 month rule.
“The fact is that on this earlier occasion he came as close as possible to a possible ban,” said the AIU.
“It could be that he would have learned from that experience … in fact it didn’t happen at all.”
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