Nigerian athlete Tobi Amusan has received the green light to take part in the upcoming World Championship, set to commence this weekend in Budapest, Hungary.
The Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN) had earlier unveiled a roster of 26 athletes designated to represent the country at the world championship, which is scheduled to unfold from August 19 to 27, 2023. However, Tobi Amusan’s name was notably absent from the list due to her suspension by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) on account of her failure to undergo three consecutive doping tests.
Nonetheless, Tobi Amusan underwent a hearing before the jury on Thursday, August 10, and emerged with a favorable ruling that cleared her to compete.
Spanning from August 19 to 27, the championship offers Nigeria’s contingent the opportunity to contribute to the nation’s medal tally, aiming to build upon the one gold, five silver, and five bronze medals garnered by previous Nigerian athletes since 1983.
In the prior edition of the championship, Tobi Amusan and long jumper Ese Brume claimed Nigeria’s exclusive medals. Amusan delivered an outstanding performance, setting a new world record time of 12.12 seconds during the semi-finals, and followed up with a remarkable run of 12.06 seconds in the final, capturing the gold medal and becoming Nigeria’s maiden world champion and record holder in athletics. Meanwhile, Ese Brume secured a silver medal in the women’s long jump category.
As Nigeria’s representatives gear up for the competition in Budapest, the nation anticipates the potential addition of more accolades to its storied history in the world of athletics.