They 'purposely' tricked me: US sprint king Coleman suspended after YET ANOTHER missed doping test – but has ready-made excuse
The 24-year-old sprint star is accused of missing a test on December 9, 2019, which would be his third violation in 12 months and which could lead to a ban of up to two years.
"The AIU [Athletics Integrity Unit] confirms a provisional suspension against Christian Coleman of the USA for whereabouts failures, a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules," a statement read.
The AIU confirms a provisional suspension against Christian Coleman of the USA for whereabouts failures, a violation of the @WorldAthletics Anti-Doping Rules. Find out more ⬇️https://t.co/opInfkVlnV#AIUNews#CleanSportpic.twitter.com/JPMAh41Eke— Athletics Integrity Unit (@aiu_athletics) June 17, 2020
December's missed test adds to violations from January 16, 2019, and April 26, 2019, and should it be confirmed as a whereabouts failure would see Coleman sanctioned under the three-strike rule.
The sprinter flatly denied responsibility as he attempted to get ahead of the story on Tuesday night – claiming he had been out Christmas shopping and that testers had "purposely" tried to trick him into missing a test.
“Don’t tell me I ‘missed’ a test if you sneak up on my door (parked outside the gate and walked through...there’s no record of anyone coming to my place) without my knowledge,” Coleman wrote in a lengthy statement on social media.
“Knocked while I was Christmas shopping five minutes away at the mall (I have receipts and bank statements) and didn’t even bother to call me or attempt to reach me... I was more than ready and available for testing if I had received a phone call.”
The controversial Coleman only narrowly escaped a ban last year when he had a whereabouts failure from 2018 backdated on a technicality so that it meant he did not have three violations in a 12-month window.Also on rt.com Top US sprinter Coleman cleared of doping charges despite missing 3 tests
Coleman was subsequently cleared him to run at September's World Championships in Doha, where he claimed gold with a time of 9.76 seconds.
The decision was met with a backlash from some quarters, including Russian high-jump multiple world champion Maria Lasitskene, who called the ruling to allow Coleman to compete "jaw-dropping."Also on rt.com ‘Jaw-dropping’: Russian world champ Lasitskene hits out after US star Coleman allowed to compete despite missed doping tests