Team GB face losing 4x100m relay medals after CJ Ujah ‘B’ sample confirms anti-doping breach

By Malik Ouzia

Team GB’s men’s 4x100m relay squad face being stripped of their Olympic silver medals after CJ Ujah’s ‘B’ sample confirmed his positive test for two banned substances.

Ujah was part of the quartet, along with Zharnel Hughes, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Richard Kilty, that finished second to Italy in Tokyo, missing out on gold by just one-hundredth-of-a-second.

However, Ujah was provisionally suspended last month for allegedly breaching anti-doping rules at the Games when Ostarine and S-23 - both substances prohibited by world anti-doping organisation WADA - were detected in his ‘A’ sample. Athletes are entitled to request testing of a ‘B’ sample, but that has now confirmed the initial adverse finding.

The case will now be referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport and if a ban is upheld, Canada would be upgraded to silver and China would receive bronze.

“The CAS Anti-Doping Division will consider the matter of the finding of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) and the disqualification of the men’s 4x100 relay results of the Great Britain team,” the International Testing Agency said in a statement.

“In this regard, pursuant to the IOC ADR and the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules: ‘where the athlete who has committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation competed as a member of a relay team, the relay team shall be automatically disqualified from the event in question’.”

“The case will then be referred to the Athletics Integrity Unit (World Athletics) to follow up on sanctions beyond the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.”

Upon hearing of the initial positive test result last month, Ujah claimed he was “completely shocked and devastated”, insisting he was “not a cheat and I have never and would never knowingly take a banned substance.”

The British Olympic Association’s chairman Hugh Robertson has said it would be “tragic” if other members of the relay team were stripped of their silver medals over Ujah’s anti-doping rule violation.


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