World champion sprinter Christian Coleman has been banned for two years for anti-doping offences, ruling him out of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The American missed tests on January 16 and December 9 of last year, and was also charged with a filing error in connection with an attempted test on April 26.
Three missed tests results in an anti-doping rule violation and a two-year suspension if it is the athlete’s first offence.
Coleman accepted the first missed test but challenged the other two rules, however the Athletics Integrity United (AIU) Disciplinary Tribunal did not find in his favour.
The Athletics Integrity Unit has upheld Christian Coleman’s two-year suspension for three whereabouts failures. He is ineligible to compete until May 2022.
This rules him out for next summer’s Olympics in Tokyo. pic.twitter.com/NZ1Zm8IzWY
— Chris Chavez (@ChrisChavez) October 27, 2020
As a result, the world 100 meters champion has been banned for two years and is ineligible to race until May 13 2022.
The 24-year-old, who also won 4x100m relay gold with the US team at the 219 World Athletics Championships, would have been the favourite to be the world’s fastest man at next year’s Olympics.
Instead he will miss Tokyo 2020 in another blow for the sport.