World Athletics has dismissed reports in the Nigerian media that reigning World 100m hurdles champion and record holder, Tobi Amusan, has been given the all-clear to defend her title at the World Athletics Championships in Budapest, Hungary next week.

Nicole Jeffery, World Athletics’ Head of Communications, made this clarification in an e-mail message to journalists, who have been accredited to cover the 19th Championships, which starts this weekend.

“Please be advised – reports appearing in Nigeria that say Tobi Amusan has been cleared to compete in Budapest are wrong.

“No decision has been made in this case yet. When a decision is made, it will be announced by the Athletics Integrity Unit,” wrote Jeffery in the message.

The Guardian recalls that World Athletics included the 26-year-old Nigerian’s name in the entry list for the Budapest Championships published last week, but with a proviso that her participation would depend on the outcome of the whereabouts failure charge preferred against her by the AIU.

The AIU says a decision regarding the matter will be made before the start of the World Championships on August 19.

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