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Tobi Amusan charged, suspended over alleged doping violation, vows to fight back

NIGERIA’S only world record holder in athletics, Tobi Amusan, could miss next month’s World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary after being charged and suspended by the Athletes Integrity Unit for an alleged doping violation.

Amusan, who broke the women’s 100m hurdles world record last year with a 12.12 seconds finish in the World Athletics Championships semi-final in Michigan, USA last July, revealed that she has been charged with an anti-doping rule violation for missing three out-of-competition drug tests.

“Today the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has charged me with an alleged rule violation for having 3 missed tests in 12 months,” the 26-year-old wrote in a post on Instagram to her over 280,000 followers in the early hours of today.

“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.”

Amusan, who was consistently finishing among the top four at major competitions before her breakthrough last year, insisted that she has not broken the rules and will not be banned from defending her world title.

“I am a CLEAN ATHLETE, and I am regularly; (maybe more than the 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,” she added.

The AIU, an independent organ of World Athletics, has made public the charges against Amusan, about seven hours after her post on Instagram.

“The AIU confirms that it has today charged and provisionally suspended Tobi Amusan (NGR) for 3 Whereabouts Failures,” the body tweeted.

“The Charge will be heard by the Disciplinary Tribunal and determined before the World Athletics Championships.”

The World Athletics Championships will be held from August 19 to August 27, just one year after the last one, which was originally scheduled for 2021 but shifted due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

According AIU guidelines, an athlete who misses up to three tests within a period of 12 months is guilty of an anti-doping rule violation.

The penalty for such athlete includes suspension for two years, which may be reduced to a minimum of one year depending on the degree of fault.

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