The Olympics and World 100h Champion, American Brianna Rollins McNeal has been charged for the second time for Anti-Doping Violation after she was provisionally suspended from athletics on Thursday (14) after being charged with breaching anti-doping rules.
The 29 years old American was accused of “tampering within the results management process”, the Athletics Integrity Unit said.
Tampering or attempted tampering with any part of doping control carries a ban of up to four years if proved but with her doping past record she could face a ban of up to eight years if found guilty.
She received a one-year ban in 2017 after missing three drugs tests in a 12-month period in what was described by the American Arbitration Association, which ruled on the case, as “a difficult case because it involves the imposition of a serious penalty on a brilliant athlete who is not charged or suspected of using banned substances of any kind”.
At that time, McNeal posted a statement to her Instagram account, which read in part: “I’ve always competed clean, and I am always happy to be tested to prove it. This is one of the most difficult times in my career, especially after having such a great 2016 season – all I wanted to do was capitalise on that but God has other plans.”
McNeal, 29, won gold at the 2016 Rio Olympics and was also world champion three years earlier.
She missed the 2017 World Championships while serving a one-year ban for missing three drug tests.
She was disqualified from the 100m hurdles at the 2019 worlds in Doha after a false start in qualification.