London (AFP)

International Athletics Federation president Sebastian Coe urged sportspeople "not to underestimate the importance of location rules" on Monday after another offense by American sprint star Christian Coleman.

"It is not really our role to comment on an ongoing matter, since it is the responsibility of the Athletics Integrity Unit (IAU), but it is not a good thing for athletics "Coe told BBC Sport about Coleman.

"No athlete should underestimate the importance of location rules" for doping controls, said the boss of World Athletics.

"This localization obligation is intended to protect athletes, it is to protect their reputation and it is to ensure that we approach as quickly and as effectively as possible towards a doping-free sport," said Coe. .

The localization obligation, "it is an hour a day, it is not an esoteric article of maritime law, it is not complicated", continued the double Olympic champion of 1500 m.

Coleman, the reigning 100-meter world champion, had come close to a suspension last year, but finds himself temporarily suspended for missing a new doping test that could deprive him of the Olympics in Tokyo next year.

In a long message posted on Twitter, Coleman had accused the IAU of having somehow caused the failed test last December.

"I think the attempt on December 9 was deliberate, to make me miss a check. Don't tell me that I have + missed a check + if you sneak in front of my door without my knowledge," he wrote. , assuring that "there is no record that anyone came to my house".

For the president of the International Federation, "the vast majority of athletes do everything to be sure not to miss controls, they do things seriously"

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