New York - United
States sprint star Christian Coleman vowed to fight allegations that he
missed three drug tests on Saturday, saying he is confident a September
hearing will clear him to compete at next month's IAAF World Championships.
Coleman, this year's fastest man in the world over the 100m,
could face suspension after failing to make himself available for three
drug tests over the past 12 months.
A Twitter account listed from NBC Sports' Olympic editor Nick
Zaccardi posted on Saturday a statement from Coleman to the
broadcaster's Ato Boldon, a four-time Olympic spring medalist from
Trinidad and Tobago.
"I'm not a guy who takes any supplements at all, so I'm never
concerned about taking drug tests, at any time," Coleman told Boldon.
"What has been widely reported concerning filing violations is simply
not true. I am confident the upcoming hearing on September 4 will clear
the matter and I will compete at the World Championships in Doha this
"Sometime after the hearing, I will be free to answer questions about
the matter, but for now I must reserve and respect the process."
In a statement on Saturday, the United States Anti-Doping Agency
(USADA) confirmed Coleman had been notified of a potential anti-doping
rule violation for failing to properly file his whereabouts
The agency said two of the three test attempts involved USADA while
the third was initiated by the Monaco-based Athletics Integrity Unit
USADA said a three-person independent American Arbitration
Association/North American Court of Arbitration for Sport (AAA/CAS)
panel will hear Coleman's case, with a decision to come by the end of
Britain's Daily Mail and The Times newspaper reported Coleman is challenging one of the alleged "whereabouts" failures.
Under global anti-doping rules, athletes must let doping tester know
their exact whereabouts up to 90 days in advance in order to facilitate
Athletes who fail to make themselves available for three drug tests
are treated the same as athletes who fail a drug test and face an
Such a ban on Coleman would be another stain on a sport already
reeling from years of doping disgrace, including the recent Russian
Coleman, the 60m world record-holder and world indoor champion, could
be the heir to Jamaican legend Usain Bolt, who retired in 2017.
Coleman was second at the 2017 worlds in London behind mentor Justin
Gatlin and owns a personal best of 9.79 as well as this year's best
time of 9.81 set in June at Stanford, California.
Depending on the dates of Coleman's missed tests, if confirmed, he
could miss the IAAF World Championships and the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.