Sprinter Gabrielle Thomas denies charges after she and Deajah Stevens are suspended by AIU
American sprinter Gabrielle Thomas He said Friday that he expected charges of Athletics Integrity Unit ( AIU ) if not available for anti-doping tests.
The 23-year-old and fellow American Deajah Stevens were provisionally suspended by the AIU on Friday for allegedly missing three tests in a 12-month period, a violation of anti-doping rules.
I am certain that at least one of these missed tests is invalid and that I will be fully authorized, said Thomas, a two-time 200-meter winner in the Lausanne Diamond League, in a statement made available to Reuters by his agent.
Tracking data from the phone and several witnesses will conclusively show that I was at the exact location I established on my whereabouts and that the doping control officer simply could not locate me and did not follow proper protocol, Thomas added.
Athletes are subject to an incredibly high standard and doping control organizations are supposed to meet equally high standards.
Stevens, who reached the 200-meter final of the Rio 2016 Olympic Games, was not immediately available for comment.
The AIU also suspended Kenyan Alex Korio Oloitiptip, who took part in last year's INEOS 1:59 challenge which saw compatriot Eliud Kipchoge became the first person to run a marathon in under two hours.
All three athletes could face a two-year ban.
The AIU also said on Friday Mikel Kiprotich Mutai of Kenya, who won the Hong Kong marathon in 2016, was provisionally suspended for failing a test for the banned substance norandrosterone.