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MOSCOW, 22 Jul – American decathlete Garrett Scantling has been suspended from participation in the World Championships in Athletics in Eugene (USA) due to missing doping tests, according to the website of the US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA).
Scantling finished fourth in the decathlon at the Tokyo Olympics and was scheduled to compete in the Eugene World Championships starting on July 15. However, before the start of the tournament, he was excluded from the national team. The US Athletics Federation did not give a reason.
On Thursday, USADA announced a temporary suspension of Scantling. The athlete has accepted a temporary disqualification while an investigation is underway. According to the agency, a potential anti-doping rule violation may be related to Scantling’s behavior during the investigation of his third refusal to provide them with information about his whereabouts.
Athletes must notify the Anti-Doping Authorities of the times they will be available for doping testing. In the absence of an athlete in the specified place, he receives a “red flag” in the ADAMS system, for three such violations he may be suspended from the competition.
Scantling is 29 years old. In May, he won the US Championship with the world’s best season record of 8867 points.