Nigerians, especially athletics aficionados have taken to Twitter to express their opinions on the recent provisional suspension of 100m hurdles world record holder, Tobi Amusan, by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for alleged anti-doping violations.
Reacting to her suspension by the anti-doping body, Amusan promised to clear her name before the World Athletics Championships in Budapest next month.
Any combination of three whereabouts failures (Filing Failure and/or Missed Test) within a 12-month period constitutes an anti-doping rule violation, and the applicable sanction is two years’ ineligibility, subject to a reduction to a minimum of one year depending on your degree of fault.
Following the suspension of the country’s athletics poster girl, Nigerians on Twitter have expressed surprise at the unfortunate development with most suggesting there is foul play on the part of AIU.
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In his reaction, a Nigerian public analyst, JJ. Omojuwa @Omojuwa wrote “shocking how some in the Nigerian media framed the news of Tobi Amusan’s “missed tests” against her. It’s not enough to deal with an usual number of requests for tests and other barriers abroad, she must also endure the hurdle of her home media. Tragic and sad”.
On his part uncle Deji @DejiAdesogan wrote “fact is Tobi Amusan wasn’t charged with “anti-doping violation”, she was charged for missing a few tests within a year, and she already addressed the issue. So why’s the Media deliberately misleading people on our African Queen of Track”?
Yorùbáness @Yorubaness wrote “Tobi Amusan will Overcome”.
According to POOJA @PoojaMedia “Tobi Amusan just needs to work on her schedule with her team & get the doping calendar fixed. She is so focused on her training & competitions, because her teams need to work on other schedules & activities. 3 Nigerian athletes are already banned, we can’t afford to have it mixed up with her”.
For Alan Moore @DangerKidsBooks “skipping at least 3 tests in a 12 month period, can happen, we’re all fallible. Tobi Amusan, star at UofTexas (El Paso), then signed by Nike. World record holder”.
Tega Onojaife @tegasupreme “to be clear, Tobi Amusan DID NOT FAIL A DRUG TEST. She is alleged to have missed 3 out of competition tests in 12 months and that is in violation of anti doping rules but she DID NOT FAIL A DRUG TEST”.
Daniel Regha @DanielRegha wrote “Tobi Amusan wasn’t charged with “anti-doping violation”, she was charged for missing a few tests within a year, but she already addressed the issue. Pls let’s be mindful of how news is headlined so people don’t spread misinformation. Hopefully the issue gets resolved soonest.