Cole­man, world 100 me­ters champ, sus­pended

Richmond Times-Dispatch - - SPORTS -

The like­li­hood that the world’s fastest man, Chris­tian Cole­man, might miss the Olympics next sum­mer in­creased Wed­nes­day when he re­ceived a pro­vi­sional sus­pen­sion for fail­ing to be home when drug testers showed up last year.

Cole­man, the reign­ing world cham­pion at 100 me­ters, said his lat­est flare-up with the anti-dop­ing sys­tem stemmed from a mis­com­mu­ni­ca­tion that could have eas­ily been re­solved with a phone call from the dop­ing-con­trol of­fi­cer who came to his house on Dec. 9. It was his third where­abouts in­frac­tion in a 12month span and could carry a ban of up to two years.

His path to the start­ing line at the Tokyo Games may now be through a hear­ing room.

Cole­man’s ar­gu­ment is be­ing un­der­cut, in part, by the fact that he was well aware of the ins and outs of the “where­abouts rule” be­cause of a case against him that was dropped last year, be­fore this lat­est in­ci­dent.

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