Silver medalist CJ Ujah of Britain tests positive for banned substances

British Sprinter and Olympics silver medalist CJ Ujah has been suspended provisionally from competitions after the results came positive to the muscle-building drug that is banned. He was part of the Olympic 4x100m relay from Britain’s side and grabbed a silver medal at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The Britain team missed the Gold medal by 0.001 seconds. As per the World Athletics Anti-Doping rules, if some members or a member from the relay team is tested positive for the usage of the banned substance, then the team will automatically be disqualified from the event that is in question.

If the case becomes true and proven, then the teammates of Ujah, including Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Zharnel Hughes, and Richard Kilty, will also be losing the medal they got in Tokyo. In the event where the British team will lose its silver medal, the Canadian team’s bronze medal will be upgraded to silver while China will get the Bronze medal. Ujah could also be banned for four years due to the presence of prohibited substances in the sample.

The AIU or Athletics Integrity Unit said that CJ Ujah’s sample had some presence of banned substances named ostarine or Enobosarm and S-23. These are selective androgen receptor modulators or SARM. Now Ujah can request for analysis of another B-sample that is kept in storage while the A-sample is examined. The case comes before the Anti-Doping Division if the B-sample is also confirmed of the banned substances. The UK Anti-Doping or Ukad website said that ostarine has the same effects as testosterone.

The 27-year-old Ujah, also called Chijindu, had been the winner of 100m at the British Championship. The AIU said that it had received the information from the doping control laboratory present in Tokyo that Ujah returned an AAF or Adverse Analytical Finding from a test carried out during the Tokyo Olympics. During the Games, AIU worked with International Testing Agency and gave the intelligence to do certain target testings.

Other Athletes Suspended

Three athletes who were also suspended after the tests that were carried out in the Tokyo Olympics are Sadik Mikhou, Benik Abramyan, and Mark Otieno Odhiambo. AIU was notified of another AAF for Odhiambo in one sample collected on June 24 in South Africa before Olympics. The ADAK or Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya handed over the case responsibility to the AIU. Mikhou was suspended, and Abramyan failed a test held outside of competition in Tokyo.

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