World record holder Tobi Amusan has vowed to challenge the charges pressed against her by the Athletic Integrity Unit (AIU) over allegations that she missed three tests within 12 months.
Tobi who took to her verified Instagram page @ihurdle_33.0inches on Wednesday revealed that the AIU had charged her with an alleged violation of missing three tests within 12 months and she intended to challenge the allegation.
She wrote, “Today, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has charged me an alleged rule violation for having missed 3 tests in 12 months. I intend to fight this charge and will have my case decided by a tribunal of 3 arbitrators before the start of the next World Championships: I am a CLEAN ATHLETE and I am regularly; (maybe more than usual) tested by the AIU. I was tested within days of my third ‘missed test’ I have FAITH this will be resolved in my favour and I will be competing at the World Championships in August.”
The allegation is coming barely a month before the World Championships in Budapest, Hungary and many are eagerly waiting to see Amusan clear her name so that she can successfully defend her world title this year in Oregon, Budapest.
Under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules, any combination of three whereabouts failures (Filing Failure and/or Missed Test) within a period of 12 months constitutes an anti-doping rule violation, for which the applicable sanction is two years’ ineligibility, subject to a reduction to a minimum of one year, depending on the degree of fault.
“In the meantime, I ask that the media respect my privacy while I address these allegations in the upcoming arbitration,” Amusan concluded.” Amusan however appealed.
Amusan has won three races consecutively lately to conquer her slow start to the season.
She was tops at the Diamond League Meetings in Stockholm and Silesia before adding another first-place finish at the Gyulai István Memorial on Tuesday.