Athletics

100m World champ Christian Coleman to miss Tokyo 2020 with two-year ban

The USA sprinter has been banned until May 2022 for breaching whereabouts rules, the Athletes Integrity Unit confirmed.

By Ken Browne ·

Christian Coleman is facing an uphill battle should he want to race at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics next summer.

The reigning 100m world champion from Doha 2019 has been banned for two years for breaching whereabouts rules in a decision communicated by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on Tuesday 27 October 2020.

Coleman was provisionally suspended by the AIU in June and now will be able to appeal the decision.

The 24-year-old escaped a ban last year after he was charged under anti-doping procedures for failing to properly file his whereabouts information on three occasions.

He said at the time that anti-doping officials had not followed the procedure when testers called to his home on Dec. 9, 2019, at a time he indicated he would be at home, but he had gone Christmas shopping.

“We impose on the athlete a period of ineligibility of two years, which will end on May 13, 2022” stated the AIU on its website.

“The decision may be appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.”

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.

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Coleman did not serve a suspension last year when the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), acting on guidance from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), withdrew the charge.

But two of those misses have now combined with the latest failure and result in a two-year ban.

When he was cleared to race at the Doha 2019 Worlds Coleman said:

"I'm not a guy who takes any supplements at all, so I'm never concerned about taking drugs tests, at any time. What has been widely reported concerning filing violations is simply not true."

"We're human beings, people don't realise how easy it is to miss tests," he said.

Coleman went on to win the 100m in 9.76s ahead of Justin Gatlin and Andre De Grasse, and led the USA team to a 4x100m win in Qatar alongside Justin Gatlin, Mike Rodgers and Noah Lyles.