Tobi Amusan, the reigning World 100m hurdles champion, will be able to defend her title in Budapest, Hungary if her whereabouts failures are cleared, World Athletics has announced.
The 26-year-old has been named to the list of athletes who will compete for Nigeria by the world governing body for the sport, but her participation is contingent on her ability to overcome an anti-doping rule violation allegation brought against her by the Athletics Integrity Unit, AIU.
The AIU provisionally suspended Amusan last month for three whereabouts failures, and the Nigerian has decided to appeal the accusation.
The AIU said decision on Amusan’s appeal will be made before the start of the World Championships and the petite sprint hurdler will be offered the chance to compete if she is cleared. Although entries for the championships have since closed on Tuesday but Amusan has been given an opportunity to defend her title if she is cleared.
Although entries for the championships have since closed on Tuesday but Amusan has been given an opportunity to defend her title if she is cleared.
The World Championships remains the only competition Amusan has not had the opportunity to defend after she successfully defended her Nigeria, African Championships, African Games, Commonwealth Games and Diamond League titles.
Also confirmed is Imaobong Nse Uko who will be making her debut in the championship and she will run in the women’s 400m event.
Others confirmed are Rosemary Chukwuma (100m), Favour Ofili (200m), Seye Ogunlewe, Ushoritse Itshekiri and Favour Ashe (100m), Alaba Akintola (200m) and Ezekiel Nathaniel (400m hurdles).
The duo of Ruth Usoro and Ese Brume will compete in the women’s long jump while the trio of Chioma Onyekwere, Pamela Obiageri Amaechi and Ashley Anumba will compete in the Discus event while Oyesade Olatoye will compete in the hammer throw event.
The championships will run from August 19 to 27 and Nigeria’s contingent to Budapest will be seeking to add to the one gold, five silver and five bronze medals won by their predecessors from 1983.