Christine Ohuruogu on missing drugs tests and why people should not assume it's 'an attempt to deceive'

Christine Ohuruogu is an Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion (PA Images)
Christine Ohuruogu is an Olympic, World and Commonwealth champion (PA Images)
11:52am, Tue 26 Nov 2019
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Christine Ohuruogu, a World, Olympic and Commonwealth champion at 400m, may have retired from competing but that hasn't stopped her continuing to make headlines.

It is well-documented that back in 2006 she served a 12-month ban under the 'whereabouts rule' after missing three drugs tests, yet her name was dragged up again when American sprinter Christian Coleman found himself making headlines for the same reason in the build-up to the World Championships in Doha.

Ohuruogu has now chosen to speak about the testing situation and her own experience.

The 35-year-old Brit told The Telegraph: "My issue was over 10 years ago, with a different system, even though it’s the same infraction. Mine was a pilot test. I mean we were sending stuff by faxes for crying out loud. And post. It’s a different system. 

"You could argue that it’s a lot harder to miss a test now, but that’s neither here nor there. You have to be careful with what you say, you have to understand the context."

With regards to Coleman she drew on her own experience with the whereabouts rule, saying: "Not everybody is evil and trying to deceive. People do. And that’s one thing to understand.

"People just have chaotic lives. Try and be a bit more human with your assessment, don’t just assume. Loads of drama happened to me, that’s my life. I think chaos just seems to follow me."

Ohuruogu is now mentoring the British team, including young sprint sensation Dina Asher-Smith, who she describes as "an ultimate talent", following her outstanding performances this year including gold and silver in the 200m and 100m at the World Athletics Championships, plus most recently, a nomination for the BBC's Sports Personality of the Year.

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