Initially suspended for two years, the American sprinter Christian Coleman will ultimately only miss 18 months of competition but will be absent from the Tokyo Olympics. The 100m world champion was found guilty of breaches of his anti-doping obligations in 2019.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has delivered its verdict, which Christian Coleman and no doubt the entire American delegation was impatiently awaiting. The sprinter sees his sentence reduced from 24 to 18 months, but that will not be enough to participate in the Tokyo Olympics (July 23-August 8). He was suspended last October by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for a period of two years from May 14, 2020, due to three breaches of his anti-doping whereabouts obligations in 2019.
In a press release from the body in charge of sports justice, the CAS panel justifies this reduction of sentence by explaining that its degree of negligence “was less serious” than what had been initially established, even if Christian Coleman had indeed violated article 2.4 of the anti-doping regulations, and should have been particularly vigilant.
A phone call would have changed everything
The panel believes that if the control official had bothered to give Coleman a call when he arrived at his home, he could have returned home within the allotted time and a doping test could have been carried out, according to a statement. of CAS.
Although nothing in the regulations obliges an anti-doping officer to call, the CAS committee stresses that this is common practice and that Coleman was entitled to expect to be called. “In conclusion, the CAS panel considered that the 18-month suspension was an appropriate sanction given the circumstances,” the statement said.