The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has appealed the decision that exonerated Nigerian hurdler, Tobi Amusan from a violation for missing drug tests.
This was disclosed less than 24 hours after Amusan successfully defended and won her third consecutive Diamond League 100m hurdles.
The anti-doping regulators claimed an appeal against the decision to allow the athlete to compete in Hungary was filed late last week at the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
“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,” the commission said in a statement on Monday.
The AIU had provisionally suspended Amusan for missing three tests in a year and also charged the Nigerian for violating the anti-doping rules.
However, an Independent Disciplinary Tribunal overturned the suspension, which allowed the 26-year-old to compete earlier this summer at the world championships, where she finished sixth.
If found guilty, the 26-year-old might be suspended for a year or more.
Meanwhile, Amusan has denied all allegations brought against her and maintained that she is a “clean athlete” in a strong statement she released after the initial provisional ban and charge were filed against her.
“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 tests”. I have FAITH that this will be resolved in my favour. In the meantime, I ask that the media respect my privacy while I address these allegations in my upcoming arbitration,” she said.
Amusan won the Diamond League title for the third consecutive year last weekend.