World 100 metre champion Christian Coleman will miss the Tokyo Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled he had committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 2.4 of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules and shall serve a period of ineligibility of 18 months from 14 May 2020.
Coleman holds the baton as the current fastest man over 100 metres after the retirement of Usain Bolt but his failure to report his whereabouts and missing scheduled tests will cost him dearly.
Christian Coleman has ban reduced
In October last year, the independent Disciplinary Tribunal had banned Coleman for two years. The athlete appealed against the decision at CAS and, following a hearing, the CAS panel reduced the suspension to 18 months.
The panel rejected Coleman’s claim to have returned home during the 60-minute testing window on 9 December 2019 as ‘untenable’ and found that his conduct in failing to return home from his shopping trip was ‘negligent’. Nevertheless, the panel decided to reduce the period of ineligibility by six months based on its assessment of Coleman’s degree of fault. Coleman remains ineligible to compete until 14 November 2021 and will therefore miss the Olympic Games.
Brett Clothier, Head of the AIU, said: “We welcome the decision in this case. No notice out of competition testing is a fundamental pillar of the World Anti-Doping Code and is only possible with strict enforcement of whereabouts requirements. The decision confirms that athletes must take their whereabouts responsibilities seriously and be present at their indicated location during their daily 60-minute testing slot. It is not sufficient for athletes to be near their indicated location and to rely on being called by the doping control officer. The whereabouts requirements apply to all elite athletes around the world in equal measure.”
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) is the independent body created by the World Athletics that manages all integrity issues – both doping and non-doping – for the sport of athletics. The remit of the AIU includes anti-doping, the pursuit of individuals engaged in age or competition results manipulation, investigating fraudulent behaviour with regards to transfers of allegiance, and detecting other misconduct, including bribery and breaches of betting rules.
Christian Coleman will miss the Tokyo Olympics after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled he had committed an anti-doping rule violation.Read More