American sprinter Christian Coleman has been slapped with a two-year ban for violating strict doping regulations.
Coleman, who is currently the men's 100-metre world champion, will now miss the next Olympic Games in Tokyo as a result of his lengthy suspension.
His dreams of succeeding Jamaican icon Usain Bolt as the fastest man at the Olympics will have to wait another four years - but by then, it may be too little too late.
According to reports, the 24-year-old missed two visits by drug sample collection officials back in 2019.
It's also understood that he failed to file the correct information regarding another sample.
These incidents all happened to occur in the same year that Coleman won his first title.
Under the rules set by the Athletics Integrity Unit and Court of Arbitration for Sport, athletes that clock three violations to their name in the space of a year face a minimum 24-month ban - and that's exactly what happened to Coleman.
The three-person judging panel from the World Athletics' Disciplinary Tribunal said: "We regret to say that we do not think there is any mitigation which can fairly be relied upon to reduce the sanction from the two-year period.
"Unfortunately, we see this case as involving behaviour by the athlete as very careless at best and reckless at worst."
Coleman was provisionally suspended in June for three "whereabouts failures", essentially meaning that he missed pre-organised drug tests.
But the United States speedster had his own conspiracies regarding the timing of the tests.
"I was more than ready and available for testing and if I had received a phone call I could've taken the drug test and carried on with my night," Coleman said after he was charged.
"I think the attempt on December 9th was a purposeful attempt to get me to miss a test.
"Don't tell me I 'missed' a test if you sneak up on my door, parked outside the gate and walked through.
"There's no record of anyone coming to my place without my knowledge."
Either way, Coleman's initial fears of missing the Tokyo Games have come true.
And at 24, he'll be getting close to 30 the next time he'll be eligible to step foot on an Olympic track again.
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