[picappgallerysingle id="6612343"]Controversial American sprinter Justin Gatlin will not be allowed to make an early return to competitive competition, the International Association of Athletics Federations said on Monday.
Gatlin, the 2004 Olympic 100metres champion was given an eight-year ban, reduced to four on appeal by the Court of Arbitration for Sport, after he tested positive for elevated levels of testosterone. It was his second doping offence.
The 28-year-old appealed for an early return, a request which has been dismissed by the IAAF.
“In September 2008, Justin Gatlin received a four-year sanction from CAS as a result of a second anti-doping rule violation under IAAF Rules ending on July 24, 2010.
“Earlier this year, Mr Gatlin wrote to the IAAF to request an early reinstatement on the grounds of substantial assistance.
“The request was rejected by the Doping Review Board.”