The Athletics Federation of Nigeria is awaiting the Athletics Integrity Unit’s ruling on Women’s 100m Hurdles world record holder, Tobi Amusan in the next six days ahead of the 2023 World Championships, which will hold from August 19 to 27 in Budapest, Hungary.
Amusan’s chances of defending the title she won in Oregon last year is in doubt after she was provisionally suspended by the AIU last month for missing three tests.
The AFN released the list of athletes that would represent the country at the championships on Tuesday, with the world champion excluded, although her name was on the entry list sent to the World Athletics by the AFN.
Her name was also published among athletes for the Games by the World Athletics on Thursday but pending AIU ruling.
Technical Director of the AFN Samuel Onikeku also revealed that the hurdler is likely to defend her title once she is cleared by the AIU.
“We are waiting for the ruling of the AIU and it will be before the start of the championship. Once she is cleared, we believe that she will compete. We believe in the next six days, we should get the ruling,” Onikeku told Punch.
He also said that the 26 athletes that would represent the country at the championships will not be camped but rather converge on Budapest to put the finishing touches to their preparations.
“The athletes are converging on Budapest already. Every preparation has been going on and they will mostly be doing relay practices. Most of them have their personal coaches which we allow them to train with. Everyone will be in Budapest days before the competition starts.”