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(Reuters) - World 200 metres champion Noah Lyles has said fellow American sprinter Christian Coleman must show more responsibility after he was provisionally suspended for breaching whereabouts rules.

© Reuters/Aleksandra Szmigiel FILE PHOTO: World Athletics Championships - Doha 2019

Coleman, the 100m world champion, narrowly escaped a ban last year for missing three doping tests but was suspended in June after again breaching the rules. He may now miss next year's Olympic Games in Tokyo.

© Reuters/Lucy Nicholson FILE PHOTO: World Athletics Championships - Doha 2019

Lyles, who along with Coleman was part of the United States relay team that won the 4x100m gold at the world championships in 2019, said a potential ban for his 24-year-old team mate could hurt their chances at the Tokyo Games.

© Reuters/Hannah Mckay FILE PHOTO: World Athletics Championships - Doha 2019

"You are just hoping for a little more responsibility," Lyles told the BBC. "It hurts because we want to go to Tokyo and aim for the world record."

Lyles, 23, had previously told U.S. media that his relationship with Coleman was not good, but he said he did not want to see his compatriot banned.

Three failures to properly file whereabouts information or being absent at the hour stated, all within a 12-month period, can result in a one- or two-year suspension.

"You don't wish anyone to be missing tests. That's the quickest way to an accidental suspension. It hurts to see it in the track world," Lyles added.

"The whereabouts system has been pretty easy for me. I believe I've had two instances where I missed tests, one their fault, one mine. They happened in completely different years and ever since then I haven't had any missed tests.

"If you have missed one, definitely get someone to watch over that for you, to be that nagging voice in your ear," he said.

(Reporting by Shrivathsa Sridhar in Bengaluru; Editing by Hugh Lawson)

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One in Five at Kashmir Jail Tests Positive as India COVID Cases Soar

By Fayaz Bukhari

SRINAGAR, India (Reuters) - One in five prisoners at the largest jail in Indian Kashmir has tested positive for the coronavirus, authorities said on Friday, as the health ministry reported a daily nationwide rise of more than 60,000 cases for the third straight day.

India is the world's third worst-hit country, behind only the United States and Brazil, with more than 2.4 million confirmed coronavirus cases, according to a Reuters tally.

And numbers are expected to rise in coming weeks, as infections move deeper into the vast hinterland.

Authorities at the central jail in Kashmir's main city of Srinagar said they were preparing to shift some prisoners after 102 of the 480 tested positive.

"We are taking extra care and all new entrants are being tested and then quarantined for two weeks," V.K. Singh, Kashmir's Additional Director General of Prisons, told Reuters.

The Kashmir valley has reported more than 20,000 cases, of which nearly 5,500 people remain currently infected.

Racked by a decades-long insurgency, Kashmir is claimed in whole by India and neighbouring foe Pakistan but ruled in part by each.

Indian-ruled Kashmir has been put under a cycle of coronavirus-related lockdowns since late March. But cases are continuing to rise, putting pressure on medical infrastructure, doctors said.

Dr Nisarul Hassan, an associate professor at Srinagar's Government Medical College that has around 2,200 beds, of which some 350 are for COVID-19 patients, said resources were stretched.

"Our hospitals are full with COVID-19 patients. We are running out of oxygen beds," he said, "Patients have to wait for ventilators as there are not enough of them."

Like many other Indian cities, Srinagar's administration has also converted some buildings into temporary coronavirus facilities adding 3,000 beds, with another 2,000 beds in the pipeline.

(Reporting by Fayaz Bukhari in SRINAGAR; Writing by Devjyot Ghoshal; Editing by Nick Macfie)

Copyright 2020 Thomson Reuters.

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