The American sprinter Coleman authorized while USADA withdraws the case

Los Angeles, Sept. 3 (AFP) Christian Coleman was authorized to participate in this year's World Athletics Championship after the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) dropped charges against him for a technicality, a statement said. .

American sprinter Coleman, the fastest man over 100 meters this year, had faced a two-year suspension after drug testers failed to locate him on three separate occasions over a 12-month period.

However, USADA said in a statement that after receiving guidance from the World Anti-Doping Agency on how the 12-month window should be calculated, he was withdrawing his case.

The consistent application of global anti-doping rules is essential in all cases, USADA chief executive Travis Tygart said in a statement on Monday.

In this case, we apply the rules to Mr. Coleman in the way that USADA understands that it should apply to any other international athlete.

We must address each case with the main objective of offering justice to athletes under the rules and providing transparency and consistency to build their trust and support for the anti-doping system.

USADA said in its statement that it had registered a whereabouts for the first time against Coleman on June 6 of last year.

A doping control officer had tried to test the sprinter and discovered that he had not updated his whereabouts information to accurately reflect his location.

Two other whereabouts were also recorded on January 16 of this year and April 26.

However, Coleman argued that, according to the guidelines of the International Standard for Tests and Investigations (ISTI), his first lost case should have been delayed until the first day of that quarter, on April 1, 2018, which would mean that the dates of the three crimes were left out. the required period of 12 months for a doping offense to occur.

To avoid future confusion, the rule is being revised with the change that is expected to take place in 2021.

USADA said it had consulted with WADA to receive an official interpretation of the ISTI rules last week.

This interpretation was received on Friday, August 30, 2019 and it was that the presentation failure that the USADA had registered in June 2018 should be related to April 1, 2018, the first day of the quarter in which the update failure occurred , USADA said in a statement.

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Taking these facts into account, USADA has determined that according to the applicable rules, and to ensure that Coleman is treated consistently with other athletes under the World Anti-Doping Program, Coleman should not be deemed to have three whereabouts in a 12-month period. . period.

USADA said Coleman had provided information about his whereabouts at the beginning of each quarter, as required, and that the agency had evaluated him on 20 different occasions.

The sprinter was to face an audience on Thursday, which has now been ruled out, USADA said.

The agency said Coleman was free to compete with immediate effect, but said the decision to withdraw the case could still be appealed by the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF).

Every athlete has the right to a presumption of innocence until their case is concluded through the established legal process, Tygart said.

This is certainly the case for Mr. Coleman, who USADA discovered that he had not committed a whereabouts violation and is completely eligible to compete under the rules, he added.

Coleman is the fastest man in the world in the 100 meters and the favorite in that distance at the 2019 World Championship in Doha, Qatar. It is also expected to run on the 4x100m relay and at 200m.

He has run the two fastest 100 meters of 2019, a 9.85 and a 9.81. In an interview with Ato Boldon of NBC last month, Coleman said he was confident that the audience would exonerate him. AFP SSC SSC SSC

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