The 30-day period of appeal opened to the Athletic Integrity Unit (AIU) to contest World Athletics’ lifting of the provisional ban on Nigeria’s Tobi Amusan has elapsed on Saturday evening.
The former Africa and World 100m hurdles champion, Amusan was provisionally suspended for missing a mandatory test albeit the temporary ban was lifted in August which enabled her to compete at the World Athletics Championship in Budapest.
Amusan however lost her status as the reining queen of the hurdles when she finished outside the medals place.
When last August the provisional suspension was lifted, AIU was reportedly disappointed and vowed to review the reasoning in detail before deciding whether to exercise its right of appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within the applicable deadline.
AIU Head, Brett Clothier indicated the Monaco based body was going to appeal the decision by the World Athletics to let Amusan off the hook.
The deadline has now expired. David Howman also told reporters at the last World Athletics Championship in Budapest: “We have some concern that it might set a precedent which will be difficult for future cases.”
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