The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) welcomes the decision of the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) today that Christian Coleman of the USA has committed an anti-doping rule violation under Article 2.4 of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules and shall serve a period of ineligibility of 18-months from 14 May 2020.
In October last year, the independent Disciplinary Tribunal had banned Mr Coleman for two years. The athlete appealed against the decision at CAS and, following a hearing, the CAS panel reduced the suspension to 18 months.
The panel rejected Mr Coleman’s claim to have returned home during the 60-minute testing window on 9 December 2019 as ‘untenable’ and found that his conduct in failing to return home from his shopping trip was ‘negligent’. Nevertheless, the panel decided to reduce the period of ineligibility by 6 months based on its assessment of Mr Coleman’s degree of fault. Mr Coleman remains ineligible to compete until 14 November 2021.
Brett Clothier, Head of the AIU, said: “We welcome the decision in this case. No notice out of competition testing is a fundamental pillar of the World Anti-Doping Code and is only possible with strict enforcement of whereabouts requirements. The decision confirms that athletes must take their whereabouts responsibilities seriously and be present at their indicated location during their daily 60-minute testing slot. It is not sufficient for athletes to be near their indicated location and to rely on being called by the doping control officer. The whereabouts requirements apply to all elite athletes around the world in equal measure.”
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28 thoughts on “AIU welcomes CAS decision to ban Coleman”
next time you gonna hear he is clear altogether
american athletes does do as they like and get away with murder
2019 World Champ Salwa Eid Nasser had the same violation and received NO ban.
Saw this coming just like Gatlin a slap on the wrist.
American sprinters need to stop getting special treatment for cheating , Gatlin got it when he turned somebody else in.
Nesta Carter takes over the counter cold medicine and the Jamaican relay team loses it’s gold medal . Coleman dodge two drug test and is given a reduce sentence–shhhh!!
Fortunately he is from USA
Burns me up!🙄!
Oh no… i am so surprised 😃😃
Always cheating 😂
Y should they call him first? He’s a cheater…
American manipulation at its best.
Coleman and especially gatlin need to exit the track scene
Ik this would happen, Smfh. So a thief should call and telling you he is coming to rob your home . 😂🤣🤣🤣
He should have gotten 2 more years
Kmt ok so they should have call him before they got there too right the don’t owe them a call before after or in between that would defeat the purpose of testing an the athletes know this
He should have been stripped of his title. I have no sympathy for cheaters.True!
Can’t win unless they cheat.
should be perma banned these US sprinters are blatant drug cheaters, how can so many of them test positive for drugs at such a high rate, so,etching ain’t right.
McEwen Ivor Morris What US sprinters tested positive?
Rob Taylor life ban is needed
Mihail Hrakovsky Nobody gets a life ban for whereabouts failures.
Imagine if he was a Jamaican. Kmt! They always tryna pin it on us and it’s always the American sprinters . Ban them like Russia 🤣🤣🤣
He should be banned for life.
Rob Taylor like he should!
Meaningless reduction. He’ll still miss the Olympics.