Olympic Champion Brianna Rollins Banned for Missing Drug Tests
Gold medalist Brianna Rollinsof USA. (Reuters Images)
Olympic 100 metres hurdles champion Brianna Rollins was handed a one-year suspension for failing to properly file whereabouts information for out-of-competition testing, the US Anti-Doping Agency said on Thursday.
Rollins, who led an American sweep of the podium at last August's Rio Olympics, was unavailable for three doping tests during 2016, which constitutes a doping rule violation, USADA said in a statement.
The 25-year-old American did however complete eight out-of-competition tests in 2016 and did not test positive. She also passed all eight in-competition drug tests she took last year.
The ban, retroactive to Dec. 19, means Rollins will miss the August world championships in London. She won the 100m hurdles at the 2013 world championships.
"I accept full responsibility for the mistakes that have led to my suspension, and am disappointed that I will have to miss this coming outdoor season, as a result of my confusion over how the whereabouts programme worked," Rollins said in a statement.
"This is a very unpleasant experience, but I am able to see where errors were made. Understanding this will prevent any similar issues in the future, I will accept the sanction and work to prepare myself for my return in 2018."
"The arbitrators agreed that Brianna Rollins has never tried to evade drug testing in any way, and that at least one of her missed tests was a result of her confusion created by the computer programme in which she was required to identify where she would be at all times, which resulted in her 'whereabouts' listing both her residence and a track meet at which she would be competing as her location for testing on certain days," it said.
The AAA said there was no evidence Rollins had tried to avoid being drug tested.
"It is a difficult 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," the AAA said. "She shows no evidence of avoiding testing, masking drug use, or using drugs."
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