World 100m champion Christian Coleman was handed a two-year ban last month for ‘whereabouts failures’; US sprinter had been provisionally suspended in June; the ban means he would miss next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Last Updated: 26/11/20 5:13pm
World 100 metres champion Christian Coleman has filed an appeal against his ban from competition until May 2022 for breaching anti-doping “whereabouts” rules.
The 24-year-old Coleman was handed the sanction last month after being found guilty of two missed tests and one “finding failure” in 2019. The two-year ban means he would miss next year’s Tokyo Olympics.
Three failures to properly file whereabouts information or being absent during the hour stated in a 12-month period can result in a one or two-year suspension.
According to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, Coleman’s appeal “requests that the decision of the AIU (Athletics Integrity Unit) Disciplinary Tribunal of 22 October 2020 be set aside and that the sanction be eliminated, or in the alternative, reduced”.
Coleman, also a silver medallist in the 100m and 4x100m relay at the 2017.
World Championships, escaped suspension in 2019 when the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), after receiving guidance from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on how to calculate the 12-month window for three missed tests, withdrew the charge.
Coleman, who won individual and relay gold at Doha 2019, has not been accused of taking a banned substance.