Nigerian track queen Tobi Amusan has been cleared of doping violations with the provisional suspension on her lifted.
“A panel of the Disciplinary Tribunal, by majority decision, has today found that Tobi Amusan has not committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) of three Whereabouts Failures within a 12-month period,” the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said in a Thursday evening statement.
“AIU Head Brett Clothier has indicated the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) is 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.
“The decision is currently confidential but will be published in due course. Amusan’s provisional suspension has now been lifted with immediate effect.”
Reacting, Tobi Amusan says she is thrilled.
This means that Amusan, 26, can now compete at the 2023 World Athletics Championships, set to begin Saturday in Budapest, Hungary.
Taking to her Facebook page on Thursday, an excited Amusan wrote: “This morning, I found out that the independent tribunal that heard my case has ruled that I did not violate the whereabouts rules and as a result I will not be sanctioned and none of my results will be precluded.
“I am thrilled to put this behind me, and I look forward to defending my title at next week’s World Championships.
” I generally have been and consistently will be an ally of clean sport.
“To my five fingers, God is the greatest and I genuinely appreciate y’all for the support.”
The 26-year-old athlete, in July, was suspended for missing three drug tests within 12 months and was facing a two-year ban if found wanting.
Amusan set the current world record of 12.12secs in the women’s 100m hurdles at last year’s championship in Oregon.