Tobi Amusan Risks Suspension Over Drug Tests

Tobi Amusan, the world record holder for women’s 100m hurdles, has been charged by the Athletic Integrity Unit, AIU, for missing doping tests.

Amusan in a post on her Instagram page on Wednesday morning said the AIU alleged she violated its rule by “missing three tests in 12 months”.

Part of the AIU regulations is that any athlete that misses tests within a period of 12 months is guilty of anti-doping violation, and the sanction includes suspension for two years, which may be reviewed to a minimum of one year depending on the degree of fault.  

The Nigerian athlete in her reaction to the charge declared herself “a clean athlete” and vowed to challenge the allegations.

The 26-year-old said she was “tested within days” of her third alleged missed test.

Amusan said, “Today, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has charged me with an alleged rule violation for having three missed tests in 12 months.

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“I intend to fight this charge and will have my case decided by a tribunal of 3 arbitrators before the start of next month’s World Championships.

“I am a clean athlete, and I am regularly; (maybe more than usual) tested by the AIU – I was tested within days of my third ‘missed test.’ I have faith that this will be resolved in my favour and that I will be competing at the World Championships in August.”

Amusan has been in sterling form ahead of the forthcoming 2023 World Athletics Championship, where she is expected to defend her title.

Obiajulu Joel Nwolu

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