World 100m champion Christian Coleman has been slapped with a two-year ban for anti-doping offences.
Coleman’s suspension is effective as of 14 May 2020, meaning he will be unable to take part at the postponed Tokyo Olympics.
The 24-year-old American escaped punishment last year after missing three drugs tests but has now been banned for breaching whereabouts rules.
Coleman won gold at the 2019 World Championships in Doha, where he was also part of the Unites States’ triumphant 4x100m relay team.
‘We impose on the athlete a period of ineligibility of two years, which will end on May 13, 2022,’ the AIU confirmed in an official statement.
‘The decision may be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.’
Coleman, who was provisionally suspended in June after his third missed drugs test, has 30 days to file an appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (Cas).
The indoor 60m world record holder disputed one of the missed tests – his apparent no-show on December 9 2019 – and claimed at the time that he had been out Christmas shopping but came back within the one-hour window required.
‘I think the attempt on 9 December was a purposeful attempt to get me to miss a test,’ Coleman said.
‘I’ve been contacted by phone literally every other time I’ve been tested.
‘Why would the AIU tell him not to call me?’
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