Olympics: CJ Ujah, GB Silver Medalist in 4x100m Relay, Handed Provisional Anti-Doping Suspension

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CJ Ujah, a member of the British silver medal winning men’s 4x100m relay team at the Tokyo Olympics, has been provisionally suspended for an anti-doping violation.

Ujah ran the first leg in the final, with the team being completed by Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake who were only passed by Italy in the closing stages.

The quartet was eventually defeated by just a hundredth of a second, with Canada back in third place and China just outside the medal positions.

Ujah was one of four athletes named in a statement from the Athletics Integrity Unit on Thursday, along with Bahrain 1500m runner Sadik Mikhou, Georgian shot putter Benik Abramyan and Kenyan sprinter Mark Otieno Odhiambo.

The 27-year-old’s anti-doping test would have shown the “presence/use of a banned substance”, namely Ostarine and S-23.

A statement from the Athletics Integrity Unit read: “In accordance with the IOC Anti-Doping Rules and the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has initiated disciplinary proceedings against any consequences following the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. imposed on four (4) track and field athletes alleged to have violated anti-doping rules after conducting tests by the International Testing Agency (ITA) during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.

“The AIU worked closely with the ITA during the Games and provided the information to conduct specific target tests on two of the four athletes.

“The AIU is now awaiting the conclusion of the ITA proceedings against the above athletes, which will determine whether anti-doping rules have been violated and what consequences (if any) should be imposed in relation to the Olympic Games.

“Any non-Olympics consequences imposed on athletes under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules will be determined upon completion of the ITA procedure.”

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