Olympic hurdles champion banned for whereabouts mix-up

  • Olympic hurdles champion banned for whereabouts mix-up

Olympic hurdles champion banned for whereabouts mix-up

USADA confirmed that the Olympic champion did not fail any tests, but "the combination of three Whereabouts Failures within a 12-month period constitutes a rule violation". "(Rollins) is justly admired".

Her punishment includes loss of all results retroactive to September 27, 2016, the date of her last missed whereabouts report, but doesn't affect the Rio gold won by Rollins. Athletes can get penalized for not filing where they are going to be. "Her clean tests included an out-of-competition test on May 3, 2016 (six days after Incident One) and an out-of-competition test on October 14, 2016 (31 and 17 days, respectively, after Incidents Two and Three)".

Management agency Stellar Athletics stood by their client: 'We at Stellar Athletics are 100% behind our client Brianna Rollins, after being sanctioned by USADA for a whereabouts filing error.

Rollins, the victor of the 100-meter hurdles in Rio, appealed to a three-member panel of arbitrators after the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency notified her of the potential violation.

Rollins initially indicated she was getting off an airport shuttle before claiming she had already gone through security. 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.

The panel also said this about Rollins, "However, this is a first offense, she had been frequently tested for years, and she has a flawless drug-free record, both in and out-of-competition". Two of the missed tests were for samples requested by the IAAF and one by USADA. She successfully submitted to in-competition tests eight times and out-of-competition tests eight times during 2016.

"USATF, the national governing body ("NGB") of which (Rollins) is a member, received a copy of each of the agencies' letters to (Rollins) charging her with first and second violations, " the ruling stated. The NGB left her on her own.

'Although the 2017 season will now not happen, Brianna will be back for the 2018 athletic season ready to perform at the highest levels in sport'.

An email sent to the company's president and founder, John Regis, late Thursday was not answered. On the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency website, athletes have accounts so they can log in and let testers know where they will be. The length of the suspension can be reduced "depending on the Athlete's degree of fault".