Olympic sprinter Deajah Stevens banned 18 months for missed tests
Olympic finalist sprinter Deajah Stevens was banned for 18 months on Thursday for missing doping exams and will miss out on the Tokyo Video games.
The Athletics Integrity Unit, which prosecutes situations in monitor and field, reported Stevens was unavailable for a few doping controls in 2019 in Oregon and West Hollywood. Three violations in just a person year can direct to a ban.
The 25-calendar year-outdated American runner’s ban was backdated to start out on Feb. 17, 2020. It will expire times following the scheduled closing ceremony of the postponed Tokyo Olympics in August 2021.
Stevens cited issues with her phone as the reason sample collections officers were unable to speak to her for two of the missed visits, according to the printed ruling from her disciplinary hearing.
On just one situation her phone ran out of battery electricity overnight, and a further time she changed the selection to prevent harassment from an mysterious individual, the ruling said.