Renowned women’s 100m hurdles world record holder, Tobi Amusan, has been charged by the Athletic Integrity Unit (AIU) for allegedly missing doping tests. The AIU claims that Amusan violated its rule by failing to undergo three tests within a 12-month period.
Taking to Instagram in the early hours of Wednesday, Amusan revealed the allegations made against her by the AIU. According to the AIU’s regulations, an athlete who misses tests over a 12-month period is considered to have committed an anti-doping rule violation. The penalty for such a violation typically includes a two-year suspension, which may be reduced to a minimum of one year depending on the circumstances.
Amusan, however, vehemently declared herself “a clean athlete” and expressed her intention to challenge the charges brought against her. She emphasized that she had been tested by the AIU within days of the alleged third missed test.
In her statement, the 26-year-old athlete stated, “Today, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has charged me with an alleged rule violation for having three 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.”
Amusan remains confident in a favorable resolution to the matter and is optimistic about her participation in the upcoming World Championships in August.
Despite these legal concerns, Amusan has continued to excel on the track. Recently, she showcased her exceptional form by securing victories in the women’s 100m hurdles event at the Gyulai Istvan Memorial in Hungary with a time of 12.25 seconds, as well as setting a new meet record of 12.34 seconds at the Silesia Diamond League in Poland on Sunday.
As the case unfolds, Tobi Amusan’s focus remains on defending her title at the forthcoming 2023 World Athletics Championship.