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American track and field athlete, Briana Rollins-McNeal has been banned for five years by the Disciplinary Tribunal of the Athletics Integrity Unit [AIU] for tampering with the results management process.

The Athletics Integrity Unit announced the ban yesterday, which is backdated to August 15, 2020.

Meanwhile, the 2016 Olympic and the 2013 World championships gold medallist has filed an appeal before the Court of Arbitration for Sports [CAS], which is expected to be heard before the Olympics begin on July 23rd.

She protested her innocence in February.

“The system is pretty messed up if you ask me but that’s another topic for another day,” she said in an Instagram post.

“As far as my situation goes, I am still me! Very clean, very honest and transparent,” she added:

“Once all of this blows over I will provide more details of what’s actually going on.”

In view of this, she’ll compete at the USA Olympic trials which end on June 27. Should CAS uphold the ban, Rollins-McNeal, will be banned until August 2024, which means she would also miss the Olympic Games in Paris, France.

This is the second violation for the 2013 World Champion, having been banned for a year in 2016 by the United States Anti-Doping Agency [USADA] after missing three drugs tests – two of them after she forgot to update her whereabouts details when she was attending a fete of honour in her hometown and travelling to the White House to meet the President Barack Obama.

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