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CAS clears Tobi Amusan of anti-doping rule violation

CAS clears Tobi Amusan of anti-doping rule violation

In a significant ruling for the world of athletics, the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has dismissed appeals by World Athletics (WA) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) against Nigerian hurdler Tobi Amusan.

The final ruling has all but cleared Amusan to participate in the Paris 2024 Olympics, where she hopes to come back home with a medal.

The decision, announced on June 28, 2024, upholds an earlier verdict by the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal (WADT) that found Amusan not guilty of any anti-doping rule violations.

The case centered around allegations that Amusan had committed three whereabouts failures within a 12-month period, which would have constituted a violation of Rule 2.4 of the WA Anti-Doping Rules. Both WA and WADA had sought a two-year period of ineligibility for the athlete.

However, after a hearing held on January 19, 2024, the CAS panel unanimously concluded that while Amusan had committed two filing failures, there was insufficient evidence to confirm a third alleged missed test. As a result, the panel determined that Amusan had not committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

This ruling marks the end of a legal process that began with the WADT’s initial decision on August 17, 2023.

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