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.

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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.

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