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Seb Coe seems quite pleased with how anti doping is looking at Tokyo 2021.....

Sad thing is, we hear this on each Olympics since 1976...

I think that testing is getting better and AIU is doing a good job. But, with so little testing done in 2020, AIU will have its hands full!

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The Russian doping scandal continues.


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Soviet track spikes, photo via Ebay

The IOC wants it over and the World Athletics is not sure what to do. How does one keep the second most popular country in global sport out of the Olympics? WA has taken a stand, and I'm confused at to where it is going.

The saga continues....

The bottom line is this...since 1952, sports has been weaponized. The Soviet Union and Bloc countries wanted to win, and the US and its allies want to win, each believing that a gold medal showed the superiority of their political system. Doping became involved in the late 1940s, and it was underestimated by global federations.

World Athletics has put a line in the sand, and they want Russia to get their act together. This means acknowledging the doping issues and coming up with a remedy.

Well, this is an interesting twist! WADA wants to check out the COVID 19 vaccines to see that no banned substance is in them. This sure keeps WADA in the news.

covid19.jpgCovid 19 vaccine, photo courtesy: Citytoday.news

Appeals by WA and Coleman

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Coleman.jpgChristian Coleman, photo by Gulfnews.com

Both appeals will be important to appreciate.

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The Covid 19 pandemic has decimated the ability to do doping tests by WADA and national anti-doping organizations. They have, it seems pushing on whereabouts testing.

IMG_4845.jpgElijah Manangoi takes the 1,500m, London 2017, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Unlike many others, Elijah Manangoi has taken his punishment by the Athletics Integrity Unit due to his 3 whereabout failures. I have to admit that the three excuses on the whereabouts misses are, perhaps, all time classics.

None the less, Elijah Manangoi has taken his punishment and we will see him in 2 years...

2017 World champion banned...

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I just do not get it. How many elite athletes do not take whereabouts testing serlously ?

One has to wonder what is going on in their minds, or are they hiding something? That is what Athletics Integrlty Unit is there to do. We will be watching this one closely.

And the excuses seem pretty lame...

IMG_4845.jpgElijah Manangoi, London 2017, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Coleman will appeal...

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No one should be surprised by the recent announcement by Emmanuel Hudson, the manager of Christian Coleman. Appealing the AIU decision is what Mr. Coleman should do.

My issue is this. As there had already been such an experience, Mr. Coleman should have stayed at home during his Whereabouts time, 7.15 PM to 8.15 PM on December 9, 2019. I hate writing about this situation.

I hope that younger athletes see that, as an elite athlete, Whereabouts is part of what an elite athlete has to recognize as a daily responsibility.

IMG_3740.jpgChristian Coleman, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

Christian Coleman is the 2019 World Outdoor Champion at 100m. He is also the 2018 World Indoor Champion at 60m. I have interviewed Christian Coleman on several occasions. He seems to be a nice guy.

IMG_3740.jpgChristian Coleman, photo by Mike Deering / The Shoe Addicts

This is not about Christian Coleman being a nice guy. This is about how Christian Coleman, who had one near ban on the same whereabouts issues a year ago, took a rather reckless attitude towards Whereabouts testing. His current possible ban was totally avoidable, in my estimation.

On the date, December 9, 2019, Christian noted that he could be contacted on Whereabouts protocals between 7:15 PM and 8:15 PM. He was not where he was supposed to be?

The ramifications are huge. The top male sprinter, going into an Olympic season, will probably be banned. It could have been avoided. Management did not do their job. Christian Coleman did not do his job. And it casts a shadow on his career in particular and sprinting in general. No one wins.

Why was he not at home? Why did he have to go to a Walmart Superstore then? Who was there to remind him that, even a 100m World Champion needs to do the Whereabouts protocals.

Considering what Nike allegedly was paying Mr. Coleman, his management team should have had some involvement in keeping Coleman on task. This will cause both some changes in the world of money.

This was just plain sad. It could have been avoided.

As a public service, I have posted the Whereabouts protocals below.

Coleman gets 2 years ban

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Christian Coleman gets 2 years ban is the subject in this piece.

Truth is this. It never should have happened.

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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.

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