Track and Field’s governing body, World Athletics, have disclosed that Nigeria’s World Record holder, Tobi Amusan, has not yet been cleared to compete at next week’s World Championships holding in Budapest, Hungary.

A statement made by the organisation’s Head of Communications, Nicole Jeffery, goes thus: “Please be advised – reports appearing in Nigeria 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.”

World Athletics had added the World Record holder’s name to the entry list for Budapest, pending the outcome of AIU’s whereabouts failure charge against her.

However, it appears that some corners of the media misinterpreted the inclusion of Amusan’s name on the entry list pending the AIU decision to mean that she had been cleared already. A decision is expected to be made before the commencement of the Championships.

Yemi Galadima is a Senior Sportswriter and Editor at Making of Champions. She has a bias for Athletics and was previously a Sports Reporter at the National Mirror, where she hosted a weekly column ‘On the Track with Yemi Olus’ for over two years. A self-acclaimed ‘athletics junkie’, she has covered national and international events live, such as the African Athletics Championships, African Games, Olympics and World Athletics Championships. She also freelances for World Athletics.


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