By Victor Kanayo
The chances available for World record star, Tobi Amusan, to participate and defend her 100m hurdles title in the upcoming World Athletics Championship is narrowing on daily basis.
This is as the 2023 World Athletics Championship gets underway August 19 at Budapest, Hungary.
Hope was ignited few days ago after some section of the media, excluding Heritage Times HT, reported that the World Athletics had lifted her suspension. The Nigerian spring sensation was provisionally placed on ban after her whereabouts were not known by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) that placed her under doping investigation.
World Athletics Fresh Statement
However, the World Athletics weekend debunked reports that she has been cleared to participate at the global competition she won in last year in Oregon, United States of America.
A statement by World Athletics’ Head of Communications, Nicole Jeffery, categorically said, “Please be advised, reports that say Tobi Amusan has been cleared to compete in Budapest are wrong.
“No decision has been made in this case yet. When a decision is made, it will be announced by the Athletics Integrity Unit.”
While compiling names of those who were listed to represent the country, Amusan’s name was excluded by the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) from the competition.
The AIU is expected to make their decision known before the start of the World Athletics Championships.