World’s Fastest Man and 100m Champion Suspended for Missing Doping Tests
The probability that the world’s fastest human, Christian Coleman, can drop the Olympics next season grew Wednesday when he got a temporary suspension for missing to be home when drug examiners showed up last year.
Coleman, the ruling world champion at 100 meters, stated his newest clash with the anti-doping management originated from a miscommunication that would have quickly been solved with a call from the doping-controller who arrived at his residence on Dec. 9. It was his third whereabouts violation in 12 months and could take a ban of up to two years.
His way to the starting line at the Tokyo Games may now be through a hearing room.
In part, Coleman’s reasoning is undermined by the event that he was well conscious of the ins and outs of the “whereabouts rule” because of a lawsuit against him that was withdrawn last year before this newest conflict.
The Athletics Integrity Unit, which manages anti-doping cases for World Athletics, told phone calls are not part of its testing custom because they can make it easier for players to manipulate the testing method.
Coleman’s situation going ahead endures dismal. According to the AIU website, his provisional suspension is listed as May 14, 2020 — 13 months before the beginning of U.S. Olympic Trials. The Tokyo Olympics, postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic, are scheduled to open Jul. 23, 2021.
Elite athletes are required to fill out a “whereabouts form” to form it possible for anti-doping authorities to hold out surprise testing outside of competition. A violation means an athlete either didn’t fill out forms telling authorities where they might be found or weren’t where they said they might be when testers arrived.
Coleman – who won his first major title at the World Championships in Doha last year – had previously missed a test on Jan. 16, 2019, and experienced a filing failure on Apr. 26 2019. Three missed tests in 12 months can be considered an anti-doping violation.
This month, Bahraini world 400m champion Salwa Eid Naser was provisionally suspended after missing four doping tests.