Tobi Amusan "Free" As 30-day Deadline For AIU's Appeal Expires
The 30-day period of appeal opened to the Athletic Integrity Unit (AIU) to contest World Athletics’ lifting of the provisional ban on Tobi Amusan lapsed yesterday with no sign of the Nigerian going through another waiting period.
Amusan was suspended for three whereabouts failures. She won two of the three cases listed against her, however, the Disciplinary tribunal cleared her on August 17.
The 30-day period of appeal open to the Athletic Integrity Unit (AIU) to contest World Athletics’ lifting of the provisional ban on Tobi Amusan elapsed yesterday. This means the Nigerian, who holds the world record in 100 metres women hurdles, is free to continue on er career.
The suspension on Amusan was lifted two days to the Budapest 2023 World Championships by a three-man panel set up by World Athletics to review the AIU action. But the AIU expressed its disappointment with the verdict and vowed to review the reasoning in detail before deciding whether to exercise its right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within the applicable deadline.
AIU Head, Brett Clothier, also indicated the Monaco-based body would appeal the decision. The deadline has now expired. AIU’s David Howman also told reporters at the last World Athletics Championships in Budapest: “We have some concern that it might set a precedent which will be difficult for future.”
With the expiration of the deadline yesterday, Amusan is now a free athlete. She is already in Oregon to battle for the top prize in the lucrative Diamond League final.
It was not clear, yesterday, if the Ogun State-born Amusan will seek legal action against AIU for the suspension, which destabilised her preparation for Budapest 2023, where she finished sixth in the 100m hurdles final.