Jamaican 400m runner and 2022 world championship silver medallist Christopher Taylor has been slapped with a 30-month suspension by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after evading an out-of-competition doping take a look at with out justification in November 2022.
After a complete six-month investigation, the AIU discovered that Taylor violated Article 2.3 of the World Anti-Doping Company’s (WADA) Anti-Doping Code, deeming his actions as “evading, refusing, or failing to undergo pattern assortment.” In November 2022, anti-doping officers tried to conduct an out-of-competition doping take a look at on the location Taylor had specified on his whereabouts kind, however he was not current on the location and had not up to date his whereabouts info.
The AIU has banned Christopher Taylor (Jamaica) for 30 months, from 16 November 2022, for Evading, Refusing or Failing to Undergo Pattern Assortment by an Athlete. DQ outcomes since 16 November 2022.
— Athletics Integrity Unit (@aiu_athletics) November 17, 2023
In accordance with the Jamaica Observer, Taylor was on the Norman Manley Worldwide Airport in Kingston when the officers arrived at his dwelling, ready to catch a flight to the U.S.
If an athlete will not be the place they are saying they’re when anti-doping officers present up, it counts as a missed take a look at. Sometimes, a primary or second offense doesn’t carry any penalty, but when an athlete misses three exams throughout a 12-month interval, that constitutes a whereabouts violation, leading to an automated interval of ineligibility.
Taylor was a finalist within the males’s 400m on the Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, Ore. He additionally helped the Jamaican males’s 4x400m relay group win silver at 2022 Worlds.
Twelve of the 30 months of his suspension have already elapsed; Taylor will turn into eligible to compete once more in Might 2025. His final aggressive race was in August 2022.