Reigning Olympic gold medalist, U.S. hurdler Brianna McNeal facing five year ban for anti-doping violation

The reigning Olympic gold medalist in the 100-meter hurdles is facing a five-year ban for violating anti-doping rules, an international disciplinary panel ruled Friday.

U.S. hurdler Brianna McNeal, 29, has been accused of "tampering within the results management process," according to a ruling from the Athletics Integrity Unit, which declined to release the full text of its decision – including specifics about the violation – due to "confidentiality reasons." The AIU runs the anti-doping program for track and field's international governing body, World Athletics.

McNeal won gold at the 2016 Rio Games as American women swept the podium in the 100-meter hurdles. According to the AIU, she has already appealed the ruling to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, which will make a final determination on the matter prior to the Tokyo Olympics, which begin July 23.

The AIU added that McNeal will be allowed to permit in the U.S. Olympic Trials later this month, while her appeal with CAS is pending. The five-year ban, if upheld, would effectively prevent her from competing at both the upcoming Tokyo Olympics and the 2024 Summer Games in Paris.

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