American hurdler Brianna McNeal has been banned for five years for tampering with a doping test. This was announced by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU). She won gold in the 100m hurdles at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.

It’s not the first time McNeal has been discredited. She was also banned for a year in 2017, immediately after her Olympic title. She then received three “whereabouts failures” because she had not entered her whereabouts details correctly or was not at the agreed place at the time of a doping test.

Now she would have tampered with a test. That is already her second doping violation. McNeal’s five-year suspension would be retroactive to August 15, 2020.

According to the AIU, 29-year-old McNeal has already appealed the decision to the International Sports Tribunal (TAS). Her case will be heard before the Tokyo Games.

The TAS has already suspended McNeal’s suspension for the time being so that she can participate in the American Olympic trials on June 27.

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