Olympic finalist sprinter Deajah Stevens was banned for 18 months on Thursday for missing doping assessments and will skip the Tokyo Games.
The Athletics Integrity Unit, which prosecutes instances in track and industry, reported Stevens was unavailable for three doping controls in 2019 in Oregon and West Hollywood. A few violations inside one particular 12 months can lead to a ban.
The 25-yr-outdated American runner’s ban was backdated to begin on Feb. 17, 2020. It will expire times soon after the scheduled closing ceremony of the postponed Tokyo Olympics in August 2021.
Stevens cited issues with her telephone as the purpose sample collections officers were unable to make contact with her for two of the missed visits, according to the published ruling from her disciplinary hearing.
On just one event her cellphone ran out of battery electrical power overnight, and another time she transformed the variety to avoid harassment from an unidentified specific, the ruling mentioned.
Stevens can appeal the ban at the Court docket of Arbitration for Activity.
A 200-meter specialist, Stevens placed seventh in the closing at the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics, and fifth at the 2017 earth championships in London.
Stevens was the 2017 national champion in excess of 200 and a former NCAA champion in the 4×400 relay functioning for the University of Oregon.
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