Tobi Amusan cleared to compete at this year’s World Athletics Championship
Nigerian sprint hurdles world record holder Tobi Amusan has been cleared to compete at this year’s World Athletics Championship in Budapest starting this weekend.
The Athletics Integrity Unity (AIU) cleared the 26 year old Amusan of an anti-doping rule violation.
The World Athletics body said Amusan’s provisional suspension has been lifted effective immediately.
In July, AIU handed the Nigerian athlete a provisional suspension for allegedly “missing three tests in 12 months”.
Consequently, the world champion was excluded from the 26-athlete team submitted by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) for the 2023 World Athletics Championships.
Similarly, her name on the World Athletics (WA) official list of athletes for the competition was accompanied by the caveat that her participation is based on the ruling on the case with AIU.
In the latest statement, AIU said a “majority decision” of the disciplinary tribunal ruled that Amusan “has not committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) of three Whereabouts Failures within a 12-month period” .
The decision means Amusan would be allowed to participate and defend her women’s 100m hurdles titles at the 2023 World Athletics Championships billed to hold in Budapest, Hungary, from August 19 to 27.
However, Brett Clothier, head of AIU, said the body will review the reasoning in detail and decide whether to exercise its right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within the applicable deadline.