US Olympic champion faces 12 month ban for missing drug test

US Olympic champion faces 12 month ban for missing drug test

Olympic 100metre hurdles champion Brianna Rollins will miss London 2017 and the rest of the season after being hit with a one-year ban for missing three drugs tests.

Her third Whereabouts Failure from the IAAF was for not being available for testing on September 27, 2016, making it three failures in a 12-month period.

Rollins, who led an American sweep of the podium at last August's Rio Olympics, was unavailable for three doping tests during 2016.

USADA pointed out that she did complete eight out-of-competition tests during 2016, but, under World Anti-Doping Agency rules, three missed tests in the space of 12 months triggers a sanction.

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Rollins passed 16 drug tests past year, eight of them in competition.

The missed tests were indeed Rollins's fault, but her mistakes were exacerbated by a confusing system. The tester then said, "I called her and left a message, because I couldn't find her".

"This is a hard case because it involves the imposition of a serious penalty on a brilliant athlete who is not charged or suspected of using banned substances of any kind", Usada said in the ruling.

The panel said: "This is a first offence, she had been frequently tested for years, and she has a flawless drug-free record, both in and out-of-competition". Meanwhile the sport of track and field will be without the reigning 100m Olympic hurdles champion-one who has not been suspected of any wrongdoing-for a year. "She shows no evidence of avoiding testing, masking drug use, or using drugs".

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Rollins did contest the first missed test window, which occurred when a USADA doping control officer visited her home at a time Rollins had indicated she would be there, in order to carry out a test at the request of the IAAF.

In a statement released on Thursday, Rollins confirmed she will not compete in 2017.

"I have always been and continue to be a supporter of USADA and their fight to keep our sport clean". This is a very unpleasant experience, but I am able to see where errors were made. "I will accept the sanction and work to prepare myself for my return in 2018". However, Rollins' competitive results obtained on and subsequent to the date of her third Whereabouts Failure, have been disqualified.

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