British athlete CJ Ujah saw his B sample confirmed positive at the Tokyo Olympics on Tuesday.
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Prohibited substances were detected in the second sample of British sprinter Chijindu “CJ” Ujah, silver medalist in the 4x100m relay at the Tokyo Olympics, said Tuesday (September 14th), the International Doping Control Agency (ITA). The announcement means Great Britain has a strong chance of being disqualified from the men’s 4x100m relay final and losing their medal behind Italy and ahead of Canada. China had meanwhile finished 4th in the race.
“The ITA confirms that at the request of the athlete, the sample B was analyzed by the laboratory accredited by the World Anti-Doping Agency in Tokyo on August 19 and that this procedure confirmed the result obtained on the sample TO”, writes the agency in its press release. On August 12, CJ Ujah was suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) after the discovery in his body of “prohibited substances ostarine and S-23, which are classified as SARMs (selective androgen receptor modulators ) “and generally used to increase muscle mass.
The British athlete’s file was transmitted by the ITA to the anti-doping chamber of the Court of Arbitration for Sport on September 8. “CAD TAS to investigate case of discovery of anti-doping rule violation and possible disqualification of the British men’s 4X100 team.”, continued the international body. The anti-doping rules of the International Olympic Committee and the International Athletics Federation (World Athletics) provide for the automatic disqualification of any relay team, if one of its members is convicted of violating said rules.
“Once the case has been dealt with in accordance with IOC anti-doping rules, it will be referred to the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) to decide on possible sanctions beyond the Tokyo Olympics. 2020 “, further specifies the Agency in its press release. For his part, the 27-year-old athlete vehemently denied these accusations, saying to himself “shocked and devastated” by the ad. “To be completely clear, I am not a cheater and I have never taken or will never take any prohibited substances on purpose”, he had assured. “I love my sport and I know the responsibilities I take on both as an athlete and as a team member”.