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SportStar runner Christian Coleman wants public apology from USADA over handling of missed drug tests

05:30  12 september  2019
05:30  12 september  2019 Source:   sports.yahoo.com

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Coleman says USADA didn't understand its own rules before it publicly announced he was facing a possible ban for missing tests . Three weeks after star American sprinter Christian Coleman was reportedly facing a two-year ban for missing three drug tests in a year, he wants a public apology

Coleman says USADA didn't understand its own rules before it publicly announced he was facing a possible ban for missing tests . Three weeks after star American sprinter Christian Coleman was reportedly facing a two-year ban for missing three drug tests in a year, he wants a public apology

Three weeks after star American sprinter Christian Coleman was reportedly facing a two-year ban for missing three drug tests in a year, he wants a public apology from the United States Anti-Doping Agency for publicizing false information.

Star runner Christian Coleman wants public apology from USADA over handling of missed drug tests© Provided by Oath Inc. Christian Coleman lamented the hit to his wallet and reputation when USADA's confirmed a reported he had missed three drug tests. (AP Foto)

In late August, reports surfaced that Coleman had missed three drug tests within 12 months due to “whereabout failures,” which triggers a minimum one-year ban. Athletes in the USADA testing pool are required to submit their schedules at the start of each quarter so that they can be located for random out-of-competition testing, including a one-hour block each day of the week where they “must be available and accessible” for a test.

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Christian Coleman , the fastest man in the world this year, has had a Usada charge of missed drug tests dropped, clearing him to go for gold in the Doha championships.

After Coleman missed three drug tests in a one-year period, the U.S. Anti-Doping Association charged him with a In a news release earlier this month, Usada said that Coleman had been drug tested 20 times since 2018. After Saturday’s race, Coleman said he was aware of his naysayers.

USADA confirmed the violations two days after the original report surfaced. Coleman issued a public statement at that point, saying, “What has been widely reported about filing violations is simply not true.” The two parties set a hearing date for Sept. 4, with a decision expected to come the following day.

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Days before the hearing, USADA dropped the case and cleared Coleman over a clerical technicality. Coleman’s first failure to report to his given whereabouts occurred on June 6, 2018. The next two were Jan. 16 and April 26, 2019.

Per the World Anti-Doping Agency rules, the date of a filing failure is set as the first day of the quarter during which the whereabouts failure occurred, meaning Coleman’s first test was backdated to April 1, 2018. Thus, his three missed tests did not occur within 12 months, and USADA dropped the case.

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Coleman takes responsibility, laments damage to reputation

In a video released on his YouTube account Wednesday, Coleman explained his side of the situation, alleging that USADA’s lack of understanding of its own rules hurt his wallet and reputation.

“We knew the rules. We’re telling them this every single time, but they still told us, ‘We have to have a hearing. It’s three missed tests.’ We’re like, OK, cool, if we have a hearing, we know we’re going to win because we’re looking at the rules, and we’re telling them this is the case,” he said.

Coleman says that the matter cost him at least $150,000 between missing two Diamond League meets in August and paying for legal counsel. He wants USADA to publicly admit its wrongdoing, as fans were quick to jump to conclusions about him after the organization confirmed the initial report.

“The smear of my reputation, that’s something you can’t put a dollar sign on,” he said. “I felt like I was being attacked, like they were trying to go after the biggest name in the sport.”

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Sprinter Christian Coleman cannot be the face of athletics following the controversy over his I am pleased Coleman is here and I want to make sure he is given every opportunity to be one of the The US Anti-Doping Agency ( Usada ) said Coleman had missed drugs tests on 6 June last year, and 16

Christian Coleman has stated that he deserves a public apology from the US Anti-Doping Agency “You can’t get three Missed Tests within a year”, states Coleman in a video entitled ‘My Perspective’ (below) Alan Abrahamson has been heavily critical of USADA ’s handling of Coleman ’s case.

Coleman does take responsibility for failing to update his whereabouts on all three occasions (he says all three misses were for training or racing), and adds that on the third instance, he went and got himself tested “just for good measure.” He also said the doping control officer on the third test told him the miss would not count against him.

Coleman has been tested 12 times by USADA since the start of 2018 and says he gets tested 30-40 times per year in total.

The 23-year-old led the world’s 100m ranks for each of the past three seasons. Had he received a ban, he would have missed the upcoming 2019 IAAF World Championships as well as the 2020 Olympics.

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