Tobi Amusan vows to ‘fight’ alleged anti-doping violation charge

Tobi Amusan

World record holder Tobi Amusan has said she would “fight” the alleged anti-doping rule violation charge against her by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU).

The 26-year-old made this known in an Instagram post on Wednesday.

“Today the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has charged me with an alleged rule violation for having 3 missed tests in 12 months,” she wrote.

The charge casts doubt on her participation in next month’s World Athletics Championships in Budapest.

Amusan set the current world record for the women’s 100m hurdles of 12.12 seconds at last year’s world championships.

She vowed to resolve the charges against her before this year’s championships.

“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,” she said.

“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.”

On Sunday, Amusan took part in the Silesia Diamond League competition in Poland, where she set a new meeting record of 12.34sec.


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At the Golden Spike athletics meet in the Czech Republic last month, she finished in third place in the women’s 100m hurdles, losing to reigning Olympic champion Jasmine Camacho-Quinn of Puerto Rico, who claimed victory in 12.42sec.

When asked by reporters about improving her world record pace, she said: “Nothing is impossible and 11 seconds? Most definitely.”

On the ongoing debate about raising hurdles to give priority to technique over speed, the 5’1inches tall athlete said, “Don’t do that, don’t raise the hurdles. Please.”