In a significant turn of events, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has swiftly lifted the provisional suspension placed on Tobi Amusan, as reported by PUNCH Sports Extra. The removal of the suspension paves the way for Amusan’s participation in the forthcoming World Athletics Championships scheduled to take place in Budapest, Hungary, from August 19 to 27.
Tobi Amusan, a prominent athlete, had been provisionally suspended by the AIU in July due to her absence during three whereabouts tests. This suspension was in accordance with World Athletics’ anti-doping regulations, which stipulate that an athlete who misses three drug tests within a year may face a ban ranging from one to two years based on the extent of the fault.
However, a Disciplinary Tribunal panel, in a majority decision, determined that Amusan had not contravened any rule as alleged in July. The panel’s statement highlighted, “By majority decision, a panel of the Disciplinary Tribunal has ruled today that Tobi Amusan has not committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation of three Whereabouts Failures within a 12-month period.”
The panel’s findings, while currently confidential, will be made public in due course. Consequently, Amusan’s provisional suspension has been immediately revoked, allowing her to compete without hindrance.
Dare Esan, a board member of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria, affirmed the positive news, asserting that the 26-year-old athlete is indeed set to participate in the World Championship event in Budapest. Esan shared, “Amusan will be competing at the World Championship in Budapest. It is a big relief for every one of us.”
In response, AIU Head Brett Clothier expressed disappointment regarding the ruling that cleared the world champion and record holder. He indicated the AIU’s intent to meticulously review the decision before considering whether to pursue its right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport within the stipulated timeframe.
Notably, Tobi Amusan achieved a new world record of 12.12 seconds while securing gold at the World Championships in Eugene in July 2022. Her accomplishments also encompass a gold medal from the previous edition of the Commonwealth Games held in Birmingham, coupled with a fourth-place finish at the Tokyo Olympics in 2021.
Amusan’s determination to clear her name was evident when she pledged to “fight” against the charges of missing three doping tests. Taking to Instagram in July, she asserted, “I am a clean athlete… I have faith that this will be resolved in my favor and that I will be competing at the World Championships in August. I intend to fight these charges, and my case will be decided by a tribunal of three referees before the start of the World Championships next month.”