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British Olympic Silver Medallist Partially Suspended After Doping Breach

Sprinter CJ Ujah and his team might be stripped of their silver medal after two banned substances were found in the athlete’s system following the Games.

British sprinter Chijindu Ujah was provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after testing positive for two banned substances at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

An Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) showed up for the 27-year-old from a test conducted after competition in Tokyo, the AIU revealed. Both Ostarine and S-23 were found on Ujah’s sample.

Ujah competed in the 100m and in the 4x100m relay at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

The British 4x100m relay team, formed by CJ Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, won an Olympic silver medal after Mitchell-Blake was overhauled on the line by Italian sprinter Filippo Tortu on the anchor leg.

“The AIU now awaits the conclusion of the ITA [International Testing Agency] proceedings against the above athletes, which will determine whether any anti-doping rule violations have been committed and what consequences (if any) should be imposed in relation to the Olympic Games,” confirmed the AIU.

If the suspension is upheld, Ujah sample could cost his teammates their silver medal. The Canadian team would move into the silver medal position and China’s quartet would move into bronze.

“In doping cases, a Provisional Suspension is mandatory under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules following an adverse analytical finding for any non-specified substance on the Prohibited List,” writes the AIU.

CJ Ujah became a relay world champion in the 4x100m relay at the 2017 World Athletics Championships.

Ostraine and S-23 are both selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) and are said to assist bind hormone receptors and help muscles grow.

Three other track and field athletes have been provisionally suspended following testing from the ITA during the Tokyo Olympic Games.

Georgian shot putter Benik Abramyan and Kenyan 100m sprinter Mark Otieno Odhiambo tested positive for DHCMT, Metandienone, Tamoxifen and Methasterone respectively. Bahraini 1500 metres runner Sadik Mikhou was suspended for Blood Transfusion.

Athletics Integrity Unit Provisional Suspensions in Force


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