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Sebastian Coe, World Athletics chief has said that no athlete should “minimise the importance of the whereabouts rule” after 100m world champion Christian Coleman missed three doping tests in a 12-month period.

The American sprinter [Coleman] risks a two-year ban that would rule him out of next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

But the 24-year-old American claim in a statement on his Twitter that he was the victim of “a purposeful attempt to get me to miss a test” in December last year. According to him he was out shopping for Christmas presents and had not received a phone call.

The Athletics Integrity Unit [AIU] said “a phone call is discretionary and not a mandatory requirement”.

“It’s not really our policy to comment on unresolved cases — this is now quite properly a matter for the AIU,” Coe said in an interview with BBC Sport.

“No athlete should minimise the importance of the whereabouts rule,” said Coe.

“The whereabouts rule is to protect the athletes, it’s to protect their reputations and it’s to make sure that we move as hard and as fast as we can to drug-free sport.

“It’s one hour a day – this is not arcane maritime law, this is not complicated.

“The vast majority of athletes make sure they don’t miss those tests. They have to take it seriously.”

Christian Coleman still maintain his innocence saying he has never taken drugs but the American, who was provisionally suspended earlier this month, risks a two-year ban that would rule him out of next year’s Tokyo Olympics.

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