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Brianna Rollins ban: White House visit with President Barack Obama contributed to Olympic champ's suspension

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A meeting with then-President Barack Obama at the White House led to one of the three missed drugs tests that resulted in Olympic champion Brianna Rollins receiving a 12-month ban.

Rollins won gold in the 100-meter hurdles at Rio 2016 but has been suspended for failing to properly file "whereabouts information" with the United States Anti-Doping Agency three times over the year.

One of those came Sept. 27, when the 25-year-old traveled to Washington to meet Obama at the White House.

Rollins missed another test as a result of her attendance at a parade in her hometown in Florida to celebrate "Brianna Rollins Day".

Neither of these so-called whereabouts failures was contested by the American.

In a statement posted on her verified Instagram account, Rollins said: "Unfortunately I will not compete in the 2017 season, due to three missed tests with USADA.

"I was tested at least 16 times in 2016, but on these three times, and all for different reasons, I was not at my residence when USADA came to test me. I've always competed clean, and I am always happy to be tested to prove it.

"This is one of the most difficult times in my career, especially after having such a great 2016 season — all I wanted to do was capitalize on that but God has other plans. I'm not sure what they may be, but I am sure there is a purpose.

"As much as this hurts, I am sure that I will be stronger and better from it. I will continue to work to improve myself and get ready for next year. I won't be defeated. Still blessed!"

Rollins successfully submitted to eight in-competition and as many out-of-competition tests in 2016.

Her ban began on Dec. 19, the date she was notified of a potential rule violation.

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