Sprinter Christian Coleman demands open apologies from USADA. The 23-year-old American was investigated by the anti-doping agency for allegedly missing three controls, but the charge was withdrawn in early September.
Based on data from WADA, it was initially assumed that the 28-year-old sprinter would have missed his first test on 6 June 2018, but it later turned out that he went wrong for the first time on 1 April 2018.
Since his third missed test was on April 26 this year, Coleman did not officially go wrong three times in a year.
"If you are not a big name, USADA can easily walk over you," Coleman said in a video that lasted for more than twenty minutes and published on Wednesday. "Unfortunately, like many other athletes, I don't have the money to pay for a lawyer so I can defend myself."
"I missed out on $ 150,000 in income because I stayed home to challenge the charge. My reputation was seriously damaged. That is unaffordable."
Coleman already received apologies from USADA director
Coleman has already received apologies from USADA director Travis Tygart in a telephone conversation, but is not satisfied with that. "I think I'm openly apologizing because I'm a victim in this case. It feels like I've been attacked just because I'm one of the biggest names in this sport."
"People don't realize how quickly you miss a test," continues Coleman, who is the top favorite in the 100 meters at the World Cup in Doha later this month.
"Sometimes you forget to update your whereabouts in the app, but that has nothing to do with doping. I get tested 30 to forty times a year. I'm just human and I sometimes forget something."
The World Athletics Championships in Qatar will start on 27 September and will last until Sunday 6 October.