Tobi Amusan not cleared of doping, says World Athletics

The World Athletics has denied reports that Tobi Amusan has been cleared of doping and is now enabled to defend her title in the forthcoming World Athletics Championship in Budapest, Hungary.

Amusan, whose name was formerly excluded by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria from participating in the upcoming competition billed to hold August 19 to August 27, 2023, as a result of the doping investigation, was later included by the body adding that she has been cleared.

But in a statement released on Sunday, the world’s athletics body disclosed that it has not given Amusan a clean bill of health.

“Please be advised, reports that say Tobi Amusan has been cleared to compete in Budapest are wrong.

“No decision has been made in this case yet. When a decision is made, it will be announced by the Athletics Integrity Unit”, World Athletics’ Head of Communications, Nicole Jeffery disclosed in a statement.

Recall that World Athletics included the 26-year-old Nigeria’s name in the entry list for the Budapest Championships published last week but with a provision that her participation would depend on the outcome of the whereabouts failure charge preferred against her by the AIU.

The Athletics Integrity Unit, AIU, has said a decision regarding the matter will be made before the start of the global event.

Credible News recall that AIU handed Amusan a provisional suspension for allegedly missing three drug tests within 12 months.

AIU rule says an athlete who missed three tests within a period of 12 months is guilty of anti-doping rule violation and the penalty includes suspension for two years, which may be reduced to a minimum of one year depending on the degree of default.

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