Oluwatobi Amusan, the world 100m hurdles champion, expressed her happiness after being exonerated of doping offenses by an independent tribunal on Thursday.
According to Channels Television, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) provisionally suspended the Nigerian track and field athlete last month for three missing whereabouts failures.
Following the discovery that Amusan had failed three drug tests in the previous 12 months, the suspension was made public. Even if an athlete has never failed a drug test, this offense carries a two-year suspension.
On July 24, 2022, at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, at the World Athletics Championships, Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan reacts after winning the women’s 100-meter hurdles final.
After much deliberation, the Disciplinary Tribunal declared that Tobi Amusan had not broken the anti-doping rule that requires three Whereabouts Failures during a 12-month period.
When the verdict was announced on Friday, the 26-year-old expressed her relief on her Facebook page.
I’m pleased to put this in the past, and I’m looking forward to defending my championship at the World Championships next week, part of the statement said.
“I learned this morning that I did not break the whereabouts regulations, and as a result, I will not be punished, and none of my results will be excluded, according to the Independent Tribunal that heard my case.
“I have generally been and will continue to be a supporter of clean sport.”
The head of the AIU, Brett Clothier, stated the organization was “disappointed by this decision and will review the reasoning in detail before deciding whether to exercise its right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within the applicable deadline.”
Nigeria’s hopes of competing were severely hurt by her suspension. Amusan was not included in Nigeria’s delegation to the World Athletics Championship, which is scheduled to start on Saturday, as a result of the development.
However, following Thursday’s development, the medalist contender is anticipated to compete in the event scheduled for Budapest, Hungary.