World 200 metres champion Noah Lyles has said fellow American sprinter Christian Coleman must present more duty after he was provisionally suspended for breaching whereabouts guidelines.
Coleman, the 100m world champion, narrowly escaped a ban last year for lacking three doping tests however was suspended in June after once more breaching the principles. He might now miss subsequent year’s Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Lyles, who together with Coleman was a part of the United States relay team that received the 4x100m gold on the world championships in 2019, said a possible ban for his 24-year-old team mate may damage their possibilities on the Tokyo Games.
“You are just hoping for a little more responsibility,” Lyles instructed the BBC. “It hurts because we want to go to Tokyo and aim for the world record.”
Lyles, 23, had beforehand instructed U.S. media that his relationship with Coleman was not good, however he said he didn’t need to see his compatriot banned.
Three failures to correctly file whereabouts info or being absent on the hour said, all inside a 12-month interval, may end up in a one- or two-year suspension.
“You don’t wish anyone to be missing tests. That’s the quickest way to an accidental suspension. It hurts to see it in the track world,” Lyles added.
“The whereabouts system has been pretty easy for me. I believe I’ve had two instances where I missed tests, one their fault, one mine. They happened in completely different years and ever since then I haven’t had any missed tests.
“If you have missed one, definitely get someone to watch over that for you, to be that nagging voice in your ear,” he said.