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Athletics: US sprint star Coleman risks ban over missed drug tests: reports

AFP , Thursday 22 Aug 2019
Christian Coleman powers to victory at the US Track and Field Championships last month (AFP)
Christian Coleman powers to victory at the US Track and Field Championships last month (AFP)
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United States sprint star Christian Coleman could face suspension after failing to make himself available for three drugs tests, multiple reports said Thursday.

Coleman, 23, the fastest man in the world over 100 meters this year and the favourite for next month's World Championships in Qatar, has missed three separate tests in the past 12 months.

Britain's Daily Mail and The Times newspaper reported that Coleman, a late withdrawal from last Sunday's Diamond League meeting in Birmingham, is challenging one of the alleged "whereabouts" failures.

Under internationally recognised anti-doping rules, athletes are required to make their exact whereabouts known to drug-testers up to 90 days in advance in order to facilitate out-of-competition testing.

Athletes who fail to make themselves available for three drug tests are treated the same as athletes who fail a drug test and face an automatic suspension.

The circumstances of Coleman's alleged missed tests were not revealed.

Coleman's agent, Emanuel Hudson, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The United States Anti-Doping Agency meanwhile would not confirm a case involving Coleman.

"In general, for any potential violation a full investigation will be conducted and the case must be resolved before information is made public by USADA," a spokesman told AFP.

Depending on the dates of Coleman's missed tests, if confirmed, he could miss the world championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

Other athletes who have been suspended following three missed drugs tests include 2016 Olympics 100m hurdles champion Brianna Rollins-McNeal.

Rollins-McNeal was banned for a year by USADA after missing three tests in 2016 -- two of them after she forgot to update her whereabouts details while attending a fete in in her honour held in her hometown and another when travelling to the White House to meet President Barack Obama for a reception.

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