Tobi Amusan, who was suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) due to missed drug tests, has expressed her determination to challenge and resolve the charges against her before the upcoming World Athletics Championship in Budapest.
Amusan, asserting her innocence, claims to be a clean athlete and regularly undergoes testing by the AIU.
The 26-year-old athlete aims to defend her title at the World Athletics Championship in Budapest next month.
Earlier, Amusan announced on her Instagram account that she had been charged by the Athletics Integrity Unit for allegedly violating a rule by missing three drug tests within a 12-month period.
She stated, “Today the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has charged me with an alleged rule violation for having 3 missed tests in 12 months. I am a CLEAN athlete, and I am regularly (maybe more than usual) tested by the AIU.”
Amusan intends to contest the charges and have her case heard by a tribunal of three arbitrators prior to the start of the World Championships next month.
According to the AIU, an athlete who fails to participate in tests within a 12-month timeframe is considered to have violated anti-doping rules, which can result in a two-year suspension. However, the penalty may be reduced to a minimum of one year depending on the level of fault.
It should be noted that exceptions to the two-year ban for missing three doping tests can be made in certain circumstances.
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