American triple jumper Omar Craddock has been banned for 20 months from sporting action after failing to pass the doping test. As a result, Craddock will miss the Tokyo Olympics and the 2022 World Championship in Oregon. The Track and Field’s Integrity Unit claimed that the American athlete broke anti-doping rules with three violations of the whereabout rule in a 12-month period.
Omar Craddock’s first violation came in 2019 when he was World No. 3 in triple jump behind Will Clayne and Christian Taylor. Interestingly, Omar Craddock leapt his career-best 17.68 m that season.
Lawyers for Omar Craddock argued at a tribunal hearing that he had been in a “preoccupied mental state” in 2020, citing the Tokyo Olympics being postponed and the murder of George Floyd. Craddock now can appeal regarding his ban at the Court of Arbitration of Sports.
Omar Craddock did not send in his samples
Craddock did not send in his samples for no-notice visits by anti-doping in August 2019 and July 2020 and also did not provide his whereabouts regarding the same time ever.
The 30-year-old’s ban expires on July 13, 2022, which is two days before the first athletics World Championships, scheduled to be held in the United States in Eugene, Oregon. Craddock, who is a 2-time NCAA champion, placed fourth at the 2015 World Championship in Beijing.