“She won’t test positive to any performance enhancing substance” – Senior lawyer faults Amusan’s critics
A Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Jiti Ogunye says those second-guessing the women’s 100m hurdles world record holder, Tobi Amusan will end up disappointed.
Ogunye said this in a Facebook post on Monday while celebrating the Nigerian athlete, who clinched gold at the 2022 World Athletics Championships in Oregon, United States on Sunday.
The 25-year-old Amusan first ran a blistering 12:12 seconds to shatter the world record of 12:20 seconds set by Kendra Harrison of U. S. in the semi-finals.
She then followed up with a (+2.5) wind-assisted 12.06s in the final.
Since her victory, encomiums have poured in from all over the world, including from President Muhammadu Buhari.
I join millions of Nigerians in celebrating Tobi Amusan and her stellar performance, at the World Athletics Championships 2022. Her new World Record and Gold Medal have brought excitement and joy and hope to all of us, and made our national anthem resonate on a global stage. pic.twitter.com/8wO7sF6kEH
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) July 25, 2022
However, some Nigerians advised the athlete to avoid taking any substances that could predispose her to fail a drug test and taint her achievement.
Tobi Amusan should be careful of what she eats or drinks henceforth,so her food or drink doesn’t get spiked with any Performance enhancing drug,cos the amount of doping tests she will be made to undergo from today will be mad, anything to shit on her glory as a black Nigerian🤦🏾♂️🤦🏾♂️
— Daddy Chin-Chin (@HonDexter) July 25, 2022
They will drug test the fuck outta Tobi Amusan…our poor world champion. 😪
— Ferdy (@Burmese_Tyga_) July 25, 2022
I won’t be surprised if they start drug testing Tobi Amusan more than other athletes
— Waris (@warikel_) July 25, 2022
Reacting to the concerns raised, Ogunye said, “Don’t second guess her success. She won’t test positive to any performance enhancing substance. A white pap can still come out of our black pot.
“Nigeria might not have contributed very much to her string of successes. But it is legitimate to celebrate her success and share in her joy. May God bless TOBI AMUSAN for winning a gold medal and setting a new World 100m hurdles record at 12.12 s. at the World Athletics Championship early this Monday morning (Sunday) at Eugene, Oregon USA.
“May successes like hers infuse in our citizens a spirit of relentless determination, and a passion for the tireless work that must be done, to bring about the Nigeria of our dream.
“What good news in the midst of torrents of national woes and tragedies!
“This is the real BIG SISTER NAIJA. Hard work. Determination. Consistency. And success. Devoid of adulated pornography and tolerated voyeurism, leading to emergence of fake heroes and heroines, and counterfeit, media- created celebrities!
“May God bless this land.”