In June 2022 the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on behalf of World Athletics reported a third Whereabouts Filing Failure within a 12 month period regarding the American Athlete Randolph Ross.
Thereupon the Athlete provided to the AIU his explanation for the potential Whereabouts Failure, together with various supporting documents, including a copy of a system generated e-mail allegedly confirming an update made to his Whereabouts information for the relevant period.
Following investigations the AIU established that the System Generated E-mail was likely to have been altered/manipulated by the Athlete in an attempt to avoid responsibility for a potential Whereabouts Failures violation on the eve of the 2022 World Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
Hereafter in July 2022 the AIU reported an anti-doping rule violation against the Athlete for Tampering with any part of Doping Control and for his third Whereabouts Filing Failure.
After notification the Athlete admitted the violations, waived his right for hearing and accepted the proposed sanction in accordance with the Case Resolution Agreement.
Therefore the AIU decides on 12 December 2022 to impose a 3 year period of ineligibility on the Athlete starting on the date of the provisional suspension, i.e. on 16 July 2022.