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AFN celebrates Amusan’s Anti-doping violation clearance

Officials of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) have expressed their joy over the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissal of the appeals filed…

Officials of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) have expressed their joy over the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) dismissal of the appeals filed by World Athletics (WA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against Tobi Amusan.

The two bodies had filed appeals against the decision issued on 17 August 2023 by the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal which considered that Amusan did not violate Rule 2.4 of the WA Anti-Doping Rules (WA ADR) and that no period of ineligibility should be imposed on the Athlete is confirmed. Amusan was initially charged with committing an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) under Rule 2.4 WA ADR following three alleged Whereabouts Failures within a 12-month period.

Meanwhile, Amusan challenged the decision, and the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal (WADT) in August 2023, considered that Amusan did not violate Rule 2.4 of the WA Anti-Doping Rules (WA ADR) and that no period of ineligibility should be imposed on the athlete. CAS in a statement on Friday, however, upheld the decision of WADT.

Speaking with AFN Media, President of AFN, Chief Tonobok Okowa said; “We are glad this matter had finally been put to rest. Personally, I am going for Thanksgiving Service on it because God answered our prayer.

A board member and Technical Director of AFN, Samuel Onikeku said; “We are happy over Amusan’s clearance. At last, this issue has been put to rest and Tobi will now concentrate on her business on the track.”

Another board member, U.S.-based Performance Director of the federation, Victor Okorie said; “I knew from the beginning that Amusan did not commit any offence. But this final clearance is a thing of joy to all of us. Now, she can concentrate on the Paris Olympics and other events before her.”

After the appeal dismissal, Amusan is cleared to participate in the forthcoming Paris Olympics.

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