Tokyo 2020 - Christian Coleman sees doping ban reduced but will miss rearranged Olympic Games
American 100m sprinter Christian Coleman has seen his ban for missing three doping tests reduced by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, however the new 18-month ban means he will still miss this year's Tokyo Olympics. The 2020 Games were put back due to the impact of the coronavirus pandemic last year.
The court said that "the athlete’s degree of negligence to be lower than that established in the Challenged Decision", as Coleman was not given a phone call by a doping officer at the address he was meant to be on December 9, 2019.
"Although a telephone call during the 60-minute window was not required by the rules, it was nevertheless reasonable for the Athlete to expect such a call, as a matter of standard practice among other Doping Control Officers," said CAS.
The 25-year-old American also missed tests on January 16, 2019 and April 26, 2019. Coleman previously missed three tests over the course of a year before June 6, 2018 but was not banned due to a quirk with the rules.
He won gold medals over 100m and the 4x100m relay at the World Athletics Championships in Doha 2019, and two silvers in the 2017 World Championships.
"While I appreciate that the arbitrators correctly found that I am a clean athlete, I am obviously disappointed that I will miss the Olympic Games this summer," Coleman said in a statement.
"I look forward to representing the United States at both world championships in 2022, especially the first ever world championships held in the United States next summer where I plan to defend my world title against a new Olympic champion in the 100 metres."
Coleman was the favourite to win the 100m in Tokyo before his ban.
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