9/4/2019 4:54:59 PM

World anti-doping body says it will not appeal Coleman decision

World anti-doping body says it will not appeal Coleman decision

Paris, France: The World Anti-Doping Agency said on Wednesday it would not appeal a decision by US anti-doping chiefs to clear sprinter Christian Coleman of alleged doping violations.

US sprinter Coleman, the fastest man over 100m this year, had faced a potential two-year suspension after drug-testers reported they were unable to locate him on three separate occasions in a 12-month period.

However the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) dropped the case after determining that the time-frame exceeded the specified one-year period.

"WADA will not be appealing this decision," the world agency told AFP.

Coleman's whereabouts failures were recorded on June 6 last year, on January 16 this year and April 26.

However Coleman successfully argued that the first missed case should have been backdated to the first day of that quarter -- April 1, 2018 -- meaning the three failures fell outside the required 12-month period.

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