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21 April 2017, 06:13 | Laverne Osborne
Olympic hurdles champion banned for whereabouts mix-up
Rollins is undoubtedly one of the great hurdlers of all time, with the Olympic title in Rio de Janeiro past year following the World Championships title in 2013, as well as her personal best of 12.26 making her the fourth-fastest women of all time, and the American Arbitration Association, who undertook the handling of the decision, admitted that her success made this a "difficult case".
Olympic gold medalist hurdler Brianna Rollins received a one-year suspension for repeated failures to disclose her whereabouts to anti-doping officials.
The sprinter was a member of the USADA registered testing pool, which consists of a select group of athletes who are subject to certain whereabouts requirements in order to be located for out-of-competition testing.
Rollins' suspension is retroactive to September 27, 2016, the date of her last missed whereabouts report.
She was also banned for a year but returned in 2007 to win the 400m at the IAAF World Championships in Osaka only 24 days after her suspension ended.
At the hearing, Rollins said this missed test should not count as a missed test, but rather as a filing error.
Her ban began on December 19 past year, the date she was notified of a potential rule violation.
"It is a hard case because it involves the imposition of a serious penalty on a brilliant athlete who is not charged or suspected of using banned substances of any kind", the AAA said. She was also unavailable for tests on 27 April and 13 September. The length of the suspension can be reduced "depending on the Athlete's degree of fault".
"I accept full responsibility for my mistakes that have led to my suspension and I am disappointed I will have to miss the coming outdoor season, as a result of my confusion over how the whereabouts programme worked", said Rollins in a statement issued by her lawyer Howard Jacobs. This is a very unpleasant experience, but I am able to see where errors were made. "She shows no evidence of avoiding testing, masking drug use, or using drugs".
Rollins is represented by the London-based agency Stellar Athletics, which posted a statement on its website saying the company was "100 percent behind our client" and added, "Although the 2017 season will now not happen, Brianna will be back for the 2018 athletic season ready to perform at the highest levels in sport". "It did nothing to inquire with its athlete as to the circumstances and to assure future compliance. Only after the third Incident, when it was too late, did they help her fashion her response".
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