Sprint 100m World Champion banned for two years

World 100 meters champion Christian Coleman will miss next year's Tokyo Olympics after being banned for two years for breaching whereabouts rules, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Tuesday.

The United States sprinter, who only narrowly escaped a ban last year for missing three dope tests, was provisionally suspended in June.

Now the AIU has said in a statement that they do not think there is "any mitigation which can fairly be relied upon to reduce the sanction from the two-year period.”

It went on to call Coleman’s actions careless at best and reckless at worst.

Representatives of Coleman immediately responded by saying they will appeal the decision and take the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

His claims that anti-doping officials had not followed procedure were dismissed. Coleman wasn’t present when they visited his house in December last year.

The athlete said he was out Christmas shopping.

In winning World Championship gold in 2019, Coleman ran a time of 9.76 seconds, making him the sixth fastest man of all-time.

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- World 100 meters champion Christian Coleman will miss next year's Tokyo Olympics after being banned for two years for breaching whereabouts rules, the Athletics Integrity Unit said on Tuesday. The United States Sprinter who only narrowly escaped a ban last year for missing three dope tests was provisionally suspended in June. Now the AIU has said in a statement that they do not think there is, quote, "Any mitigation which can be fairly relied upon to reduce the sanction from the two year period."

It went on to call Coleman's actions careless at best and reckless at worst. Representatives of Coleman immediately responded by saying they will appeal the decision and take his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. His claims that anti-doping officials had not followed procedure were dismissed. Coleman wasn't present when they visited his house in December last year. The athlete said he was out Christmas shopping. In winning the World championship gold in 2019, Coleman ran a time of 9.76 seconds, making him the sixth fastest man of all time.