Olympic champion Rollins banned

 21 Apr 2017 - 21:41


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.
Rollins will keep her Olympic gold medal since USADA said her competitive results would only be annulled from September 27, the date of her third whereabouts failure.
The ban means the defending 100m hurdles champion, Rollins will miss the August world championships in London.
"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," Rollins said in a statement.