FILE PHOTOS: Athletics – Diamond League – Pontaise Stadium, Lausanne, Switzerland – July 5, 2018 Gabrielle Thomas from the US celebrates the 200m victory REUTERS Women / Denis Balibouse
(Reuters) – American speed runner Gabrielle Thomas said on Friday she hoped to be released from accusations by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for failing to provide herself for an anti-doping test.
23-year-old Deajah Stevens and a fellow American on the previous day were temporarily suspended by AIU for allegedly losing three tests in a 12-month period, a violation of anti-doping rules.
“I am sure that at least one of these tests has been invalid and that I will be completely removed,” Thomas, a two-time 200 million winner in the Lausanne Diamond League, said in a statement available to Reuters by his agent.
“Telephone tracking data and many witnesses will conclusively show that I am in the exact location that I made at my place and that doping control officers failed to find me and failed to follow the proper protocol,” Thomas added.
“Athletes have very high standards and doping control organizations should have the same high standards.”
Stevens, who reached the 2016 Rio Olympics final 200 meters high, could not be reached for comment.
AIU also suspended Alex Korio Oloitiptip from Kenya, who took part in the INEOS challenge 1:59 last year which made compatriot Eliud Kipchoge become the first person to run a marathon in less than two hours.
The three athletes could face a two-year ban.
AIU also said on Friday that Mikel Kiprotich Mutai from Kenya, who won the Hong Kong marathon in 2016, was temporarily suspended for failing a test for the prohibited substance, norandrosterone.
Reporting by Gene Cherry and Julien Pretot; Editing by Ken Ferris and Christian Radnedge