Athletes should not ‘minimise’ whereabouts rule, says Sebastian Coe Jun 30, 2020 0 619 12345 AFPLondonWorld Athletics chief Sebastian Coe says no athlete should “minimise the importance of the whereabouts rule” after 100m world champion Christian Coleman missed three doping tests in a 12-month period.The American sprinter, who was provisionally suspended earlier this month, risks a two-year ban that would rule him out of next year’s Tokyo Olympics.The 24-year-old said in a statement on Twitter that he was the victim of “a purposeful attempt to get me to miss a test” in December last year.He said he was out shopping for Christmas presents and had not received a phone call. The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), the anti-doping arm of World Athletics, said “a phone call is discretionary and not a mandatory requirement”.“It’s not really our policy to comment on unresolved cases -- this is now quite properly a matter for the AIU,” Coe told BBC Sport.But he added it was “not a good story (for athletics)”.“No athlete should minimise the importance of the whereabouts rule,” said Coe. “The whereabouts rule is to protect the athletes, it’s to protect their reputations and it’s to make sure that we move as hard and as fast as we can to drug-free sport.“It’s one hour a day -- this is not arcane maritime law, this is not complicated.“The vast majority of athletes make sure they don’t miss those tests. They have to take it seriously.”Coleman, who clocked 9.76sec to win 100m gold in Doha in September 2019 said he had never taken drugs. Pages 1234 RELATED ARTICLES HH Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Thani’s Min’ha wins Gr2 P/A Criterium des Pouliches Jun 30, 2020 0 6830 Al Shaqab to participate in 2020 Menton Horse Championship in France Jun 30, 2020 0 570 Athletes suffered in training because of coronavirus spread, says Samba Jun 30, 2020 0 6748 QU signs cooperation agreement with SIGA QNA Doha Qatar University (QU) has signed a large spectrum cooperation agreement with the Sport Integrity Global Alliance (SIGA), which stipulates in one of its clauses that the QU will join the “SIGA University Network .. Allow Russian athletes at Olympics, pleads Isinbayeva DPA Moscow Russian athletes should be allowed to compete at next year’s Summer Olympics in Tokyo in the sport of athletics, Russian star pole vaulter Yelena Isinbayeva said in a statement at the weekend. The Russian ..