Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan has been rewarded by the World Athletics with the sum of N55,048,000 following her gold medal victory at the Diamond League in Eugene, USA.
Amusan has been troubled of late after the The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) temporarily suspended her for missing three whereabouts tests.
Amusan’s suspension was reversed by the Disciplinary Tribunal of the World Athletics but in another twist to the saga, the AIU are bent on seeking the intervention of the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS).
After the suspension of the former 100m hurdle champion at the World Athletics Championship was lifted, she has taken part in two events but her Nigerian supporters will be hard pressed to know what the future holds for their superstar.
In the meantime, she is set to smile to the bank with the approval of the prize money for her feat in Eugene.
Athletes at the Diamond League often participate in a series of meetings before the event’s final, which is held within two days.
First position at the series meeting gets $10,000, second gets $6,000, while third position is entitled to $3,500. There’s also prize money for those who finish between fourth to eighth.
Meanwhile, at the final of the Diamond League, the winner gets $30,000, while $12,000 and $7,000 is available for those in second and third place, respectively.
Amusan participated in three series meetings (finishing first on two occasions and second once). She also won the final of the Women’s 100m Hurdles event.
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In October 2004, Okosi joined Complete Communications Limited, publishers of Complete Sports newspaper and Complete Football magazine as a reporter and later script writer for the Complete Sports studio.
He worked there for 13 years until October 2017.
Okosi also worked various times as Correspondent, Content creator and Editor at Sports Market International Magazine, Opera News, All Nigeria Soccer Media and Iconic Media Watch.
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