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Coleman suspended for missing dope tests

Reigning world 100 meters champion Christian Coleman was provisionally suspended yesterday over a missed drugs test, putting him at risk of a two-year ban that would rule him out of next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

Coleman, who only narrowly avoided being banned last year after three violations of anti-doping “whereabouts” rules across 2018 and 2019, said on Twitter that he was the victim of “a purposeful attempt to get me to miss a test.” The Athletics Integrity Unit, the anti-doping arm of World Athletics, responded by saying testers had followed the rules when they visited his apartment on December 9, 2019. Coleman said he was out shopping for Christmas presents. Coleman, 24, is now barred from competition pending a hearing under World Athletics anti-doping rules. The American escaped suspension on a technicality ahead of last September’s world championships in Qatar after it emerged he had committed three whereabouts failures in a 12-month period.


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