Great Britain’s Chijindu Ujah will compete in the men’s 4x100m relay on August 5, 2021 during the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo. (Photo by Javier SORIANO / AFP) (Photo by JAVIER SORIANO / AFP via Getty Images)
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CJ Ujah, a member of the British men’s 4 x 100m relay that won the silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics, has been suspended for an anti-doping violation.
Ujah ran the first stage in the final, with the team, which was completed by Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, only being overtaken by Italy in the closing stages.
In the end, the quartet was only beaten by a hundredth of a second, Canada was third again and China just outside the medal ranks.
Ujah was one of four athletes named in a statement from the Athletics Integrity Unit on Thursday, along with Bahraini 1500m runner Sadik Mikhou, Georgian shot putter Benik Abramyan and Kenyan sprinter Mark Otieno Odhiambo.
The 27-year-old’s anti-doping test reportedly showed the “presence / use of a prohibited substance” – namely Ostarine and S-23.
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In a statement by the Athletics Integrity Unit, it says: “In accordance with the IOC Anti-Doping Rules and the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has initiated disciplinary proceedings to resolve all consequences of the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo against four (4) athletes who are proven to have committed anti-doping rule violations following tests conducted 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 carry out specific target tests on two of the four athletes.
“The AIU is now waiting for the ITA proceedings against the above-mentioned athletes to be concluded, which will determine whether anti-doping rule violations have been committed and what consequences (if any) should be imposed in relation to the Olympic Games.
“Any consequences placed on athletes under the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules beyond the Olympic Games will be decided upon completion of the ITA process.”
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