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Anti-Doping Violation: CAS Upholds Decision Clearing Hurdler Tobi Amusan

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has upheld the decision of the World Athletics Disciplinary Tribunal confirming that hurdler Tobi Amusan of Nigeria did not violate Rule 2.4 of the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules, which pertains to whereabouts failures.

With this, the CAS Panel dismissed the appeals filed by World Athletics and the World Anti-Doping Agency on June 28, seeking the imposition of two years of ineligibility.

Initially charged based on three alleged whereabouts failures within a 12-month duration, Amusan faced potential sanctions, including a two-year ineligibility period. However, the CAS Panel’s deliberations, following a hearing on January 19, did not confirm the existence of a missed test which would have constituted a third whereabouts failure. Consequently, CAS unanimously determined that Amusan did not commit an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV).

The decision affirms the earlier ruling from August of last year that no period of ineligibility should be imposed on Amusan. The reasoned award from CAS will be made public unless parties request confidentiality, further solidifying Amusan’s exoneration in this doping case.