Tobi Amusan, the reigning world champion, and holder of the 100m hurdles record, has received the green light to participate in the forthcoming World Athletics Championships set to commence this Saturday in Budapest, Hungary.
Despite facing allegations of three whereabouts failures—an anti-doping rule infringement due to missing three out-of-competition tests within 12 months—the 26-year-old Nigerian contested the charges against her.
Reports from the Athletics Federation of Nigeria unveiled that the holder of the World 100m hurdles record has been vindicated, paving the way for her journey to Budapest to defend the historic gold medal she clinched during the 18th edition of the Championships last year.
Amusan is now presented with the opportunity to defend the sole title she has yet to protect in her career, following her triumphant efforts in securing her Nigerian, African Championships, African Games, Commonwealth Games, and Diamond League titles.
The tribunal, comprised of three arbitrators, has absolved Amusan from culpability in two out of the three tests. This exoneration comes after Amusan articulated that the tester’s attempts to locate her were insufficient.
Remarkably, Amusan has adamantly denied any involvement in doping, asserting, “I am a clean athlete and I am regularly—perhaps even more than usual—tested by the AIU. I was tested within days of my third ‘missed test.’ I have faith that this matter will be resolved in my favor, and I look forward to competing at the World Championships in August,” as stated by Amusan on her Facebook page last month.
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