Adam Peaty Welcomes Return Of Drug Testing As Anti-Doping Battle Continues

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Drug testing in Britain is resuming after being severely impacted by lockdown with Adam Peaty happy to welcome the testers back.

The issue of doping has raised its ugly head once more after athlete Christian Coleman – the world 100m champion – was provisionally suspended on Wednesday after missing a third drugs test and breaching whereabouts rules.

Three failures to properly file whereabouts information or being absent during the hour stated in a 12-month period can result in a one or two-year suspension.

Coleman had already escaped a ban last year when the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) charged him with missing three drugs tests in 12 months but had to withdraw it because of a filing irregularity regarding the date of the first missed test.

However, the 24-year-old missed a third drug testing moment on 9 December 2019 although he is disputing that, claiming he was Christmas shopping “five minutes away” from home and the tester made no effort to contact him.

UK Anti-Doping Agency chief Nicole Sapstead had sought to reassure athletes that anti-doping efforts were ongoing during lockdown courtesy of UKAD’s intelligence and investigations team.

Some swimmers are now back in the water and drug testing has resumed as the long journey back to ‘normality’ – whatever that form that may take – commences.

Adam Peaty has long aired his views on drug cheats, saying: “Any doping in the sport is a straight no from me.”

Now he has welcomed the return of drug testing testers with a post on social media.

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