The Athletics Integrity Union (AIU) has appealed its case at the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS) in an attempt to overturn the decision that cleared Nigerian athlete Tobi Amusan.
Amusan was previously sued by the AIU for missing three Anti-Doping tests within 12-month, but was cleared, shortly before the 2023 World Athletics Championships in Budapest.
News About Nigeria notes that the appeal comes less than 24 hours after Amusan successfully defended her title, emerging victorious in her third consecutive Diamond League 100m hurdles.
Amusan’s triumph at the Diamond League followed a disappointing performance at the in Budapest, Hungary, where she finished sixth in the final. Her success at the tournament was said to have been overshadowed by a temporary suspension imposed by the AIU for missing the three whereabouts tests.
In July, the AIU placed Amusan under provisional ban from all sporting activities and charged her with violating anti-doping rules due to the missed tests. However, a month later, an Independent Disciplinary Tribunal cleared Amusan of any wrongdoing.
Following the tribunal’s verdict, which found Amusan not guilty of the charges against her, the AIU decided to appeal the decision to CAS, the international body responsible for resolving sports-related disputes through arbitration.
In a statement, the AIU announced, “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.”