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Tobi Amusan vs AIU: All You Need To Know

Tobi Amusan maintains her innocence and vows to fight the charges, hoping for a favorable resolution before the World Championships in Hungary next month.

  • Toyosi Afolayan
  • 25th July 2023
Tobi Amusan

Nigeria’s track and field sensation, Tobi Amusan, found herself in a challenging situation last Wednesday when the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) suspended her over alleged multiple drug test failures. This unexpected development has raised concerns and misconceptions that could potentially jeopardize her promising athletic career. To provide clarity on the matter, BOUNCE  brings you a comprehensive overview of the case. 




Nigerian hurdler, Tobi Amusan, has been hit with a provisional suspension by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU), making her the third athlete from the country to face such action. The AIU’s announcement last Wednesday puts her in the company of Divine Oduduru and Grace Nwokocha on the list of provisionally suspended athletes.


Amusan‘s case is different from her compatriots, as her fate will be determined before the World Championships in Hungary next month due to an accelerated hearing. The suspension comes as a result of her alleged failure to comply with anti-doping measures, specifically missing three drug tests within a 12-month period.


The AIU, tasked with overseeing global athletics’ anti-doping efforts, strictly enforces rules to maintain the integrity and fairness of the sport for all competitors. One such regulation mandates athletes to provide whereabouts information, detailing their daily locations and availability for testing, to the AIU’s Anti-Doping Administration and Management System (ADAMS).


Failure to accurately and promptly provide this information can lead to sanctions, and Amusan’s three whereabouts failures have led to her provisional suspension from competitions. The AIU will conduct a thorough investigation in line with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code to assess the case further.




ADAMS, the Anti-Doping Administration and Management System, is a crucial tool in the fight against doping in sports. As a centralized and free platform operated by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), ADAMS streamlines the daily activities of stakeholders and athletes involved in anti-doping programs, promoting clean and fair competition.


For athletes, being a member of the IAAF Registered Testing Pool comes with the responsibility of providing their whereabouts details. This vital information allows the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) to locate athletes at any given time for testing, without prior notice. This proactive approach is essential in ensuring that athletes who choose to cheat by doping can be effectively detected and deterred.


By upholding their obligation to provide accurate whereabouts information, athletes play a significant role in safeguarding the integrity of their sport and maintaining a level playing field for all competitors. ADAMS serves as a valuable tool in the pursuit of clean sports, where cheating through doping is kept at bay through stringent anti-doping measures.




The double Commonwealth Games gold medallist denies taking performance-enhancing substances.

“I am a clean athlete,” Amusan wrote on Instagram.

“I am regularly (maybe more than the usual) tested by the AIU.



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“I have faith that this will be resolved in my favour and that I will be competing at the World Championships in August.” 


The 26-year-old will miss the World Athletics Championships in Budapest next month if the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) upholds the charge.


“I intend to fight these charges and my case will be decided by a tribunal of three referees before the start of the World Championships next month,” Amusan added.


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