Brianna Rollins, gold medalist in the 100 meters in Rio 2016, has been banned from track and field for one year due to three missed drug tests. Her 12-month suspension began on Dec, 18, 2016 and will run until Dec. 17, 2017. She will miss the entire 2017 outdoor season.
Rollins never tried to evade testing. When athletes are out of competition, they have to use a computer program to register their whereabouts at all times. Confusion with the computer program caused her to inadvertently list her whereabouts incorrectly.
In a statement, Rollins accepted the suspension. “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. I have always been and continue to be a supporter of USADA and their fight to keep our sport clean, and I will continue to do my part to prove that success can be achieved without taking any shortcuts.”
Rollins had been tested 16 times in 2016 and has never failed a test or had a suspicious result. However under the World Anti-Doping Agency code, three failures results in a violation.
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