World 100m champion will face a two-year ban and will miss the Tokyo Olympics for breaching whereabouts rules, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has confirmed.
“We regret to say that we do not think there is any mitigation which can fairly be relied upon to reduce the sanction from the two-year period,” the AIU said in a statement on its website. “Unfortunately, we see this case as involving behaviour by the athlete as very careless at best and reckless at worst.”
“We do not accept the Athlete’s evidence.” the statement added. “It is obvious that in fact, the athlete did not go home until after making his 8.22 pm purchase. We are comfortably satisfied that this is what happened.”
“The fact is that he had had the narrowest possible escape from a potential ban on this prior occasion,” the AIU said. “It might be thought he would have learned from this experience… in fact, that is not at all what happened.”