US sprinter Brianna Rollins banned for whereabouts rule violation

by April 20th, 2017

Olympic 100m hurdles champion Brianna Rollins of the United States  has  been  banned  for  one  year  for  a  doping  violation for failing to properly file whereabouts information for out-of-competition testing.

The ban is retroactive to September 27, 2016, the date of her last missed whereabouts report, and does not affect her Rio Olympic gold medal.

Athletes are required to enter their whereabouts information so that they may be tested out of competition. Under the world anti-doping code, three failures results in a violation.

Rollins, who led an American sweep of the podium at the Rio 2016, had three whereabouts failures within a 12-month period constituting a rules violation.

The 25 year old received a whereabouts failure from the IAAF for being unavailable for testing on April 27, 2016.

Later in the year, Rollins received another whereabouts failure from USADA for not being available for testing on September 13, 2016. She then received a third whereabouts failure from the IAAF for not being available for testing on September 27, 2016.

She completed eight out-of-competition tests over the course of 2016, but a three-member panel of the American Arbitration Association determined that she should receive a 12-month sanction for failing to properly file whereabouts information.

The panel had recognized that the failures  “were when she was travelling to have a parade in her honor in her home town in Florida and to celebrate ‘Brianna Rollins Day,’ and when she went to visit the White House to be feted by the President.”

In the decision announced Thursday, the panel noted it was Rollins’ first offense. “She had been frequently tested for years, and she has a perfect drug-free record, both in and out-of-competition,” the panel wrote.  “As agreed by Claimant she shows no evidence of avoiding testing, masking drug use, or using drugs.”

In a statement, Rollins said she was confused by the whereabouts program and accepted responsibility for the mistake.