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Tobi Amusan’s trial begins today

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The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will this Friday 19 January begin the hearing on the appeal filed by World Athletics via the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) and the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), challenging the first instance decision of the disciplinary tribunal in World Athletics Vs Nigeria and World Record holder in the 100m hurdles, Tobi Amusan.

The AIU filed the appeal to CAS on September 15, 2023, after a ruling of the World Athletics’ Disciplinary Tribunal found out that Amusan had not violated anti-doping rules for missing tests that led to her  initial suspension.

Amusan set the women’s 100m hurdles world record at the World Championships in Eugene, Oregon in July 2022 with a time of 12.12secs in the semi-final.

She went on to win gold in the final with a time of 12.06secs that did not go into the record books because the tailwind was too strong.

Kunle Solaja is the author of landmark books on sports and journalism as well as being a multiple award-winning journalist and editor of long standing. He is easily Nigeria’s foremost soccer diarist and Africa's most capped FIFA World Cup journalist, having attended all FIFA World Cup finals from Italia ’90 to Qatar 2022. He was honoured at the Qatar 2022 World Cup by FIFA and AIPS.