American sprinter Deajah Stevens has been hit with an 18-month ban from track and field.

Stevens, who is the 2016 NCAA Division 1 sprint double champion, has been charged for whereabouts failures.

The Athletics Integrity Unit confirmed the sanction on Thursday, 16 July.

“The @WorldAthletics
Disciplinary Tribunal has banned sprinter Deajah Stevens of the USA for 18-months for whereabouts failures, a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules,” the AIU statement said.

Also, AIU said Stevens’ 18 months of ineligibility is from 17 February 2020. It also said her results from such time would be erased from the books.

Stevens finished second in the 100m at USA’s Rio 2016 Olympic Games Trials.

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