The US SPRINTER Christian Coleman his confident of participating in the next month’s IAAF Athletics World Championships in Doha.
American runner Christian Coleman has been accused of under anti-doping rules amidst his three drugs tests missed says the US Anti-Doping Agency.
The fastest man in the world and the favourite for the world 100 metres title, has declared that he is certain of contending at next month’s World Championships despite his fighting to avoid a ban.
United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) laws record any three missed tests or filing failures in a 12-month may result in a ban of up to two years. This could possibly rule out Coleman in participating in the two upcoming tournaments Doha World Championships set to hold on September 28 and the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.
The 23-year-old American broke silence after the emerging news, Coleman stated he was confident of being cleared in time for the World Championships, which begin on Sept 28.
Coleman said: “I’m not a person that takes any supplements at all, so I never bothered about taking drug tests at any time,”. “What has been broadly announced concerning filing violations is solely not true. I am certain about the forthcoming hearing on September 4 will clarify the matter and I will compete at the World Championships.
He added: “After the hearing, I will be available to answer questions about the matter, but for now I must regard the process.” Coleman won the 100m silver ahead of Usain Bolt at the 2017 World Championships and has been leading the world rankings for past three years.
Athletes have to provide drug examiners with their precise whereabouts for one hour every day in case they are required to present an unprepared sample.
Coleman broke Usain Bolt 9.96s 100 meters record during the 2017 IAAF World Championships in London. Watch the video below:
Coleman finished second at the 2017 World Championships in London behind fellow American Justin Gatlin and has an individual best of 9.79, securing him the seventh quickest man spot in history.
The British 19-year-old Ojie Edoburun debutant who won the 100 meters in 10.18secs said: “I burst into tears, I have had so many setbacks. I call it mental injuries. People might think: ‘What is a mental injury?’ Not just in athletics but in life, too. When you have experienced an embarrassment or failure it sticks with you. So I have to come back and face these demons every year.
He continued: “I feel like I have always had the potential, but never really had a medal to show for it. Surely, this is the beginning of things to come.”