Christian Coleman, the World 100-metre champion, has appealed against the two-year ban he received for missing multiple doping tests.
The Court of Arbitration confirmed the appeal yesterday following the American’s ban for three whereabouts failures in a 12-month period, which prompts a doping violation.
In the statement, Coleman asked for the ban to “be eliminated, or in the alternative, reduced.” If upheld, he will miss next year’s Tokyo Olympics, for which he is one of the favourites for the 100-metre title.
The American, 24, narrowly missed a similar suspension just before last year’s World Championships in Doha, Qatar. He successfully argued that the first of three missed drug tests within the stipulated one-year period, came before the 12 months began.
However, Coleman missed yet another test on December 9, 2019, which became his third for that 12-month timeframe.