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Benjamin Goddard

Disgraced sprinter CJ Ujah banned after failed drugs test cost Team GB Olympic silver

Disgraced Great British sprinter CJ Ujah has received a backdated 22-month ban after failing a drug test which resulted in Team GB being stripped of their Tokyo Olympics silver medals in the 4x100-metre relay.

Ujah tested positive for banned substances ostarine and S-23 after last year's games. The 28-year-old admitted that he had "unknowingly consumed a contaminated substance" and said that he would "regret for the rest of his life" the situation.

His Great Britain team-mates Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake were also stripped of their medals following a ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport in February.

The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) and World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) have ruled that Ujah's violation was 'not intentional' as he had claimed and was a result of his 'ingestions of a contaminated supplement'. He was slapped with a two-year ban which was reduced to 22 months due to the sprinter's admission of the violation.

His ban was backdated from August 2021 and will end on June 5, 2023, meaning he will be able to compete at next year's world championships in August and the Olympic Games in Paris 2024.


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CJ Ujah will be able to compete again in June 2023 after receiving a backdated 22-month ban (PA)

AIU's head, Brett Clothier, highlighted the danger of athletes taking supplements.

He told Sky Sports : "In this case, after a thorough examination of the facts, we were satisfied that Mr Ujah did indeed ingest a contaminated supplement, but he was unable to demonstrate that he was entitled to any reduction in the applicable period of ineligibility based on his level of fault.

"Taking supplements is risky for athletes, as they can be contaminated or even adulterated with prohibited substances. Athletes owe it to their fellow competitors to be 100 per cent certain before putting anything into their body. If there's the slightest doubt, leave it out."

Chief executive of UK Anti-Doping, Jane Rumble, told Sky Sports that the announcement marks a "sad chapter in this case and for sport in the UK".

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