Olympic champion hurdler Brianna Rollins of the United States received a one-year suspension today for repeated failures to disclose her whereabouts to anti-doping officials — a ban she says was caused by a mix-up in a computer program.
Rollins’ suspension is retroactive to Sept. 27, 2016, the date of her last missed whereabouts report.
Her gold medal, part of a medals sweep by U.S. 100-meter hurdlers at the Rio Games last year, will not be stripped.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and other governing bodies in sports consider out-of-competition testing critical to clean competition, and all Olympic athletes in the United States are required to submit their locations so they can be tested anywhere without advance notice.
Rollins underwent eight out-of-competition tests last year and “at least” 16 tests overall, according to her attorneys, and never tested positive.
Still, she will miss the 2017 outdoor season, including a chance to compete at world championships later this year.
“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 program worked,”…
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