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Sprinter Coleman's whereabouts charge withdrawn by USADA

Sprinter Coleman's whereabouts charge withdrawn by USADA
FILE PHOTO: Jul 26, 2019; Des Moines, IA, USA; Christian Coleman wins 100m semifinal in 9.96 during the USATF Championships at Drake Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports/File Photo -
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(Reuters) – American sprinter Christian Coleman had a whereabouts charge against him withdrawn by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) on Monday, making the 100 metres favourite eligible for this month’s world championships in Doha.

The case in which USADA had charged Coleman with three failures to properly file whereabouts information in a 12-month period, a potential anti-doping violation, had been scheduled to go to arbitration on Wednesday.

USADA said in a statement that it withdrew the charges after receiving guidance from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

The 23-year-old Coleman, the year’s fastest man and 2017 world 100m silver medallist, could have been banned for up to two years and missed the world championships and 2020 Tokyo Olympics if the arbitration panel had upheld the charges.

(Reporting by Gene Cherry in Raleigh, North Carolina; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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