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Ban: Amusan yet to be cleared for World Championships

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The World Athletics has revealed that Tobi Amusan is yet to be cleared to compete at this year’s World Championships, which begins this weekend in Budapest, Hungary.

This follows reports that the women’s 100m hurdles world champion and record holder had been given the green light to compete to defend her title at the championships.

Last month, the Athletics Integrity Unit, AIU, provisionally suspended Amusan for missing three whereabouts tests.

A statement by the Head of Communications of World Athletics, Nicole Jeffery, said, “Please be advised – reports appearing in Nigeria that say Tobi Amusan has been cleared to compete in Budapest are wrong.

“No decision has been made in this case yet. When a decision is made, it will be announced by the Athletics Integrity Unit.”

Although, the Nigerian was listed among the entry list published by World Athletics for Team Nigeria’s athletes, however, her participation is subject to clearance by the AIU.

With a decision expected to be made before the start of the championships, the Athletics Federation of Nigeria said it was awaiting the AIU’s verdict on the hurdler.

“The condition that the World Athletics put in front of her name says ‘pending AIU process’, so we are still waiting for it. But I’m sure we will have it before the start of the games,” AFN Technical Director Samuel Onikeku said.

The Nigerian made history at the championships last year in Oregon, USA, racing to a new world record time of 12.12secs in the semi-finals, before running 12.06secs in the final to clinch the gold medal and become Nigeria’s first-ever world champion and record holder in athletics.

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