- Urges her to defend her 100m title in Budapest
The immediate past Minister of Sports and Youth development, Chief Sunday Dare, CON, has described Thursday’s ruling of an arbitration panel that lifted the provisional suspension slammed on world 100m hurdles champion and record holder, Tobi Amusan by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) as timely and a huge relief.
The former Sports Minister stated this in a congratulatory message sent to Amusan, in which he also said the verdict was justice well served, and a vindication of the hurdler as ‘a clean athlete, that she’s always been’.
Chief Dare told Amusan that he is personally overjoyed to have received the cheering news that she has successfully defended the Whereabouts Failures chargeagainst her.
‘I join millions of your fans in Nigeria and in the diaspora to celebrate the good tidings, and look forward to the successful defense of your title in Budapest’, the former Sports Minister stated.
While urging Amusan to quickly put her travails behind her, Chief Dare reminded Amusan that the best response she can have for her critics is to scale every and all hurdles and that includes retaining the 100m hurdles title she won last year.
‘Your vindication and clearance to race again is a big relief for the whole of Nigeria athletics whose ‘A’ rating on the AIU and World Anti-Doping ranking has been a major concern and a source of worry, even while I was supretending over the Sports Ministry.’
The Oyo State-born veteran journalist, politician and sports administrator, also urged Amusan to gather her emotions, stay focused and remain prayerful, while imbibing the proverbial ‘Nigerian Spirit’ to overcome all the pains she’s faced in the last one month so as to conquer the world again, in Budapest.