The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) have moved to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to appeal the decision of Disciplinary Tribunal’s to clear World 100m hurdles record holder Tobi Amusan of Nigeria on the charges of whereabouts failures.
The 26 year-old who made history as the first Nigerian to win third consecutive Diamond league trophy had been charged with missing three doping tests within a 12-month period, but was cleared by a majority decision from a Disciplinary Tribunal panel just two days before the start of the World Athletics Championships that were held last month in Budapest Hungary.
A panel of the Disciplinary Tribunal, by majority decision, has today found that Tobi Amusan has not committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) of three Whereabouts Failures within a 12-month period. pic.twitter.com/RAW2LeRjYg
— Athletics Integrity Unit (@aiu_athletics) August 17, 2023
The effect of her suspension in July by the AIU which provisionally suspended the Nigerian for three Whereabouts Failures which is a violation of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules played a major role as she failed to defend her 100m hurdles world title in Budapest with a sixth-place finish in the finals.
The head of AIU, Brett Clothier said it was “disappointed” at the Disciplinary Tribunal’s decision in Amusan’s case, and has confirmed it has appealed to the Lausanne-based CAS.
The AIU filed an appeal last Friday (15 September 2023) with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the Disciplinary Tribunal’s decision, dated 17 August 2023, that Tobi Amusan did not commit an anti-doping rule violation for Whereabouts Failures. pic.twitter.com/hdEsoENdTX
— Athletics Integrity Unit (@aiu_athletics) September 18, 2023
“The AIU filed an appeal last Friday (15 September 2023) with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the Disciplinary Tribunal’s decision, dated 17 August 2023, that Tobi Amusan did not commit an anti-doping rule violation for Whereabouts Failures,” said AIU.
“The AIU will make no further comment on the matter until the conclusion of the appeal.”
Amusan protested her innocence after being charged, claiming she had been tested “within days” of missing her third test”.