Christian Coleman gets 2 years ban is the subject in this piece.
Truth is this. It never should have happened.
Christian Coleman, photo by Getty Images/ British Athletics
Elite athletes need to give one hour a day on their whereabouts each day. They can update the hour via text, phone and email. On December 9, 2019, Mr. Coleman gave the hour he would be avalable as 7.15 pm to 8.15pm.
He was not where he was supposed to be in that hour. Mr. Coleman was at a Walmart Supercenter at that time and a receipt was shown as checking out at 8:22 PM.
I did a piece on BBC today.
Wherabouts is the way that global athletics combats doping. Many athletes see whereabouts as the price one pays to be an elite athlete.
An appeal seems to be in the works. Stay tuned.
Coleman gets 2 years ban
MONACO (MON): World 100m champion Christian Coleman from the United States has been banned for two years and will miss the Tokyo Olympics due to missing three tests in a 12-month period, informs the AIU. The report on his three missed tests concluded: “We regret to say we do not think there is any mitigation which can be fairly relied upon to reduce the sanction from a two-year period. Unfortunately we see this case as involving behaviour by the athlete as very careless at best and reckless at worst. In those circumstances we impose a two-year sanction.” Coleman’s ban expires on 13 May 2022 so he would be available for Oregon 2022 World Championships. His three missed tests were January 16 and December 9 in 2019 along with a filing failure in connection with a test on April 26, 2019. Coleman can appeal to CAS within 30 days. He will be also unable to defend his title at World Indoors 2021 over 60 m, but his 2020 three races at US Indoors over 60 m 6.48, 6.51 and 6.37 remain valid. The decision noted specifically that “there is no suggestion that the Athlete has ever taken a Prohibited Substance.”