The best American decathlete Scantling banned from the world championships | Olympic Games

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EUGENE, Ore. (AP) — U.S. decathlon champion Garrett Scantling is not at the world championships this week following a ban for missed doping tests.

Scantling, who finished fourth at the Tokyo Olympics last year, was left out of the 151-person U.S. squad when it was announced earlier this month; the fourth finalist at this year’s national championships, Steven Bastien, was on the team. No reason was given at the time.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency has announced that Scantling is serving a provisional suspension that began on Thursday – the opening day of the decathlon – for a potential tampering violation that “arises from Scantling’s conduct during an investigation into his potential third failure of location “.

Athletes are required to provide their schedules to anti-doping authorities so that they can dispatch doping control officers to administer unannounced and out-of-competition testing. The third time an athlete cannot be located for a certain period may result in a penalty.

USADA said Scantling agreed to have his provisional suspension made public while his case was pending.

Scantling, who previously tried out for the NFL’s Atlanta Falcons and Jacksonville Jaguars, won the national championships in May with 8,867 points, the highest score in the world this year.

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