An arbitration hearing set for September 4th will decide if Christian Coleman will be suspended for whereabouts violations.
On Saturday, USADA confirmed that Coleman has been charged with an anti-doping rule violation for three whereabouts violations. According to USADA, two of those tests were administered by USADA and one by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).
USADA said that a decision on Coleman's case will come on September 5th, a day after his hearing with the three-person arbitration panel.
US Anti-Doping Agency confirms US sprinter Christian Coleman has been charged with a potential anti-doping rule violation “for failing to properly file whereabouts information.”— Dan Roan (@danroan) August 24, 2019
“Under WADA code 3 whereabouts failures in 1 year may be a violation.”
Will learn fate on Sept 5th. pic.twitter.com/9zWGhO1wV8
Earlier in the day, Coleman released his first statement since reports surfaced that he could miss the 2019 World Championships and 2020 Olympics after missing three drug tests.
"I'm not a guy who takes any supplements at all, so I'm never concerned about taking drug tests at any time. What has been widely reported concerning filing violations is simply not true," Coleman said.
"I'm confident the upcoming hearing on September 4th will clear the matter and I will compete at the World Championships in Doha this fall."
The Associated Press reported on Thursday that Coleman faced a possible suspension after missing three drug tests over a 12-month period.
USADA regulations state that missing three tests in a 12-month period can yield a suspension of up to two years.
According to the USADA database, Coleman was tested at least nine times in 2018 and 11 times in 2019.