By Press Association Reporter
Published: 17:32 BST, 11 September 2019 | Updated: 17:32 BST, 11 September 2019
American sprinter Christian Coleman has accused the United States Anti-Doping Agency of 'going after a big fish' and demanded a 'public apology' after a case against him was dropped two days before the hearing earlier this month.
The case against Coleman, the favourite for the 100 metres at the World Championships in Doha later this month, was based on three failures to update his 'whereabouts' information - a place and one-hour window that anti-doping bodies can find athletes every day so they can be randomly tested.
According to USADA, the 23-year-old had been unavailable for tests on June 6 last year, and January 16 and April 26 this year, because he was not where he was supposed to be, and three missed tests, or whereabouts filing errors, within 12 months usually triggers an automatic one-year ban.
Christian Coleman has accused United States Anti-Doping of 'going after a big fish'
This would have ruled Coleman out of the 2019 World Championships and cast another dark shadow over a sport that has been plagued by doping scandals for decades.
But the 2018 World Indoor 60m champion, who also won two silver medals at the 2017 World Championships in London, avoided this fate when the World Anti-Doping Agency told USADA that the first failure should be listed as occurring on April 1, the first day of the quarter, and not June 6, which meant the third failure took place more than 12 months later.
USADA acknowledged this in a statement on September 2 that said it was withdrawing the charge after receiving WADA 'guidance on the interpretation' of the rules concerning when a failure to update changed whereabouts should be recorded.