American Christian Coleman has never tested positive for anabolic steroids or any other prohibited performance-enhancing drug.
Christian Coleman, an American track sprinter who has been seen by many as the successor to Usain Bolt as the world’s fastest man, may be suspended from competition for missing too many drug tests. Coleman has reportedly failed to make himself available for anti-doping tests on three separate occasions over the past 12 months according to the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Coleman insisted that he is a ‘clean’ athlete who has not committed an anti-doping violation. He promised to dispute the validity of one of the missed drug tests. Coleman claimed that the drug testing officer did not try hard enough to find him for one of the tests in question.
“I’m not a guy who takes any supplements at all, so I’m never concerned about taking drugs tests, at any time. What has been widely reported concerning filing violations is simply not true.”
Athletes who don’t use PEDs like steroids can still be suspended for missing drug tests.
Athletes that participate in sports which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) regulations must provide anti-doping officials with a continuously updated advance notice of their whereabouts for one hour of every day for a 90 day period. The whereabouts notifications give drug testers the ability to provide unannounced out-of-competition drug testing.
Anti-doping officials recognize that many athletes many not always be able to give advance notice of their whereabouts. So they permit athletes to miss a maximum of two unannounced visits by drug testing officers.
Coleman has never failed a drug test. However, missing three drug tests is treated almost as severely as actually testing positive for anabolic steroids or PEDs. Coleman could be suspended for 12-months or longer.
The 23-year old Coleman currently holds the IAAF world records in the 40-yard dash (4.12 seconds) and the indoor 60-meters (6.34 seconds).
Coleman won the 100-meters and the 200-meters at the 2017 NCAA Division I Championship. He placed second in the 100-meterrs at the 2017 IAAF World Championships.
Coleman won the 100-meters at the 2018 IAAF Diamond League Brussels with a time of 9.79 seconds. It marked the seventh fastest time in the event. It was also the fastest time run by any sprinter in three years.
Coleman’s performances earned him the title of the world’s fastest man in 2019. He is a favorite to win the 100-meter event at both the 2019 IAAF Doha World Championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games. However, his future is currently in limbo.
Coleman is scheduled to defend himself during an arbitration hearing with USADA on September 4, 2019.
BBC. (August 24, 2019). Christian Coleman: American sprinter charged under anti-doping rules. Retrieved from bbc.com/sport/athletics/49462877