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Former Olympic champion Shawn Crawford gets two-year ban

Updated: Friday, 19 Apr 2013 08:03 | Comments

Shawn Crawford crosses the line for gold in Athens
Shawn Crawford crosses the line for gold in Athens

Former Olympic champion Shawn Crawford has been given a two-year ban by the United States Anti-Doping Agency after once again failing to comply with the whereabouts requirements

Crawford, who won 200 metres gold in Athens in 2004 as well as a silver medal in Beijing four years later, incurred the suspension after he did not inform USADA of his whereabouts for the third time in 18 months as part of the governing body's out-of-competition testing.

In a statement, USADA said: "Crawford failed to comply with the whereabouts requirements and, as a result, accrued three Whereabouts Failures within an 18-month period.

"Under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and the International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) Anti-Doping Rules, both of which have adopted the World Anti-Doping Code ("Code"), the combination of three Whereabouts Failures within an 18-month period constitutes a rule violation.

"A Whereabouts Failure for National Testing Pool athletes includes failure to provide required quarterly whereabouts filings and/or failure to be available for testing due to inaccurate or incomplete information provided by the athlete."

The 35-year-old American's suspension started yesterday and he has subsequently had all of his results up until and including November 17, 2012 disqualified.

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