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UK Olympian fails drugs tests

TEAM GB’s silver medal in the men’s 4x100 meters relay at the Tokyo Olympics is almost certain to be stripped after the International Testing Agency confirmed that Chijindu Ujah’s B sample had tested positive for banned substances.

Ujah provided the sample on August 6, the ITA said, the same day that he was part of the British team which won silver behind Italy. If Team GB is disqualified, Canada would take silver with China promoted to bronze-medal position.

“The ITA confirms that as per the athlete’s request, the B-sample analysis was carried out by the WADA-accredited laboratory of Tokyo on 19 August 2021 and the procedure confirmed the result of the A-sample,” the ITA said in a statement. “The ITA has thus referred the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport Anti-Doping Division.”

Ujah’s samples have tested positive for prohibited substances Ostarine and S-23. They are used to build muscle.

The ITA cited World Athletics’ anti-doping rules which state: “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, with all resulting consequences for the relay team, including the forfeiture of all titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money.”

Ujah was provisionally suspended following the result of the A sample and released a statement on August 14 saying he was “shocked and devastated” by the outcome of the test. He added: “To be absolutely clear, I am not a cheat and I have never and would never knowingly take a banned substance.

“I love my sport and I know my responsibilities both as an athlete and as a team-mate.”

The forfeiture of the medals will be considered first, before the Athletics Integrity Unit follows up to consider any sanction beyond the Games for Ujah.


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