Christian Coleman, the fastest man in the world, has been banned from next summer’s Olympics Games.
Four months after World Athletics president Seb Coe insisted no deal would be done to allow suspended track and field stars to compete in Tokyo, Coleman was told of his fate.
The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) informed the 100 metres world champion that he must serve a two-year ban for breaching whereabouts rules.
The sanction follows the American, who had a previous whereabouts charge dropped on a technicality, missing two drugs tests and recording a failing failure within a 12-month period.
Coleman initially responded by accusing anti-doping agents of a “purposeful attempt to get me to miss a test” by visiting while he was out shopping and not phoning to say they were there.
He later declared that he would push for a one year “deal” to enable him to compete in Tokyo as two years would be “very egregious” and “overkill”.
But Coe warned him at the time not to hold his breath as deal-making is “just not what the AIU does”.
And so it proved, with the AIU pointing out that testers were under no obligation to “invite an athlete to come for testing” – then banning the 24-year old until 13 May 2022.
There will be some relief in athletics circles as the credibility of the testing process had taken a dent last week when another world champion was cleared of doping charges on a technicality.
Salwa Eid Naser, Bahrain’s 400m star, was reprieved after one of her missed tests was chalked off because the anti-doping officer knocked on a storage unit door rather than her apartment.