Nigeria’s Athletics superstar and World record holder in the 100m hurdles event, Tobi Amusan vows that she will contest an alleged rule violation charge by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) barely a month before the 2023 World Athletics Championship, www.aclsports.com reports.
Tobi Amusan, 26, is coming off a successful time at the Gyulai István Memorial in Hungary on Tuesday, just two days after winning at the Silesia Diamond League event in Poland on Sunday.
Tobi Amusan who broke the news of the AIU’s charge on her personal Instagram Page in the early hours of Wednesday (Nigerian time) vows to contest the rule violation allegation.
“Today, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has charged me with an alleged rule violation for having 3 missed tests in 12 months.
“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,” wrote Amusan.
If found guilty of the charge, Amusan faces up to two years (maximum) ineligibility sanction depending on her degree of fault. This can rule her out of not only the World Athletics Championship but also the 2024 Summer Olympics in Paris.
Amusan restates her cleanliness and remains confident of participating at the World Championships in Budapest next month.
“I am a clean athlete, and I am regularly, (maybe more than the usual) tested by the AIU (Athletics Integrity Unit) – 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.”
The news of Amusan’s charge will come as a worrying development for Nigeria’s Athletics followers as it comes just few days after Nigeria was stripped of the gold medal it won at the 2022 Commonwealth Games’ 4x100m relay after Grace Nzubechi Nwokocha failed a doping test, rubbing off on her teammates which also included Amusan.