World 100m champion Christian Coleman has been hit with a two-year suspension following three doping violations.
Athletes face a two-year ban if they have three violations in a 12-month period.
The decision was handed down by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) today, and means that Coleman will miss the Olympic Games scheduled for Tokyo, Japan next year.
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 a given 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 same 12-month timeframe.
The AIU, in handing down its ruling, said “We see this case as involving behaviour by the athlete as very careless at best and reckless at worst.”
Coleman can appeal against his ban at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.