Tobi Amusan: AIU refuses to give up, files appeal to upturn her tribunal victory

Tobi Amusan won a 3rd consecutive Diamond League trophy with a season-best 12.33s |Photo Credit: X: Diamond League/Matthew Quine

Tobi Amusan: AIU refuses to give up, files appeal to upturn her tribunal victory

Asukwo Oduo 09:47 - 19.09.2023

The athletics body has refused to give up on nailing Nigerian sprinter Tobi Amusan.

The Athletics Integrity Unit announced that it has filed an appeal at the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) to upturn a decision the Disciplinary Tribunal took regarding Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan. 

In a statement on X (formerly Twitter), the athletic body made good its promise to fight the verdict the Disciplinary Tribunal took on the matter in August. 

“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 AIU will make no further comment on the matter until the conclusion of the appeal.”

Pulse Sports reported in July that the then-100m Hurdles World Record Holder was provisionally suspended by the AIU for allegedly missing 3 whereabouts tests.

Tobi Amusan cleared of Doping Allegations 

However, Tobi Amusan maintained her innocence and appealed and fortunately, her provisional suspension was lifted by the Disciplinary Tribunal, clearing her to compete at the World Championships in Budapest.

Meanwhile, the AIU was not pleased with the outcome of the Disciplinary Tribunal and vowed to appeal the Tribunal's verdict. 

These off-field incidents unsettled Tobi Amusan so much, and although she made it to the final of the Women's 100m Hurdles at the World Championships in Budapest, she could only finish in sixth place.

Full of resilience and the 'never-say-die' Nigerian spirit, Tobi Amusan returned for the Diamond League (Eugune 2023) and won a third consecutive 100m Hurdle trophy.

'Shame on you' - Nigerians blast AIU for witch-hunting Tobi Amusan

On social media, many Nigerians quickly threw their weights behind Tobi Amusan while berating the AIU for pursuing a ‘personal vendetta’ against the 26-year-old athlete.

One @WesternKing said “Shame on you all. And you will surely lose. This is purely witch hunting and they need to investigate this people heading this AIU,” while @ontimesam said “That is your beef because your preferred athletes was schooled by tobi. Keep up with your distraction because Tobi will overcome.”

Another @AsiruAbbas said, “You will never succeed in bringing her down. You didn't appeal the decision to clear Gabby Thomas, you also ban the Mexican athlete that tested positive for cocaine for just six months to show how biased you are. It's time to come after AIU & expose all the cover-up doping cases,” while @AManlikeKore said “Tobi Amusan is doing beyond their expectations, them don they vex! Leave that girl alone!” 

Lanre Deola added “Just remove the integrity in your name. You all thought she’s crushed and now she’s back you’re appealing the ruling. She’s just 200m Nigerians and additional 100m SSA behind her. Epe Ijebu too is waiting for you guys.”

It remains to be seen how the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will rule on the appeal by the AIU but Pulse Sports will bring you all the details as the matter unfolds.