Team GB set to be STRIPPED of Tokyo 2020 4x100m medal after CJ Ujah’s positive B sample drug test is confirmed
TEAM GB sprint relay stars look certain to be stripped of their Tokyo 2020 silver medal after CJ Ujah’s drugs test failure was confirmed.
Ujah, 27, tested positive for two banned substances, enobosarm and S-23, following the 4x100m relay final.
He ran the opening leg before handing over the Zharnel Hughes as GB, with Richard Kilty on the third leg and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake on anchor, were edged out by Italy by just 0.01seconds.
But the celebrations were cut short within days as the results of Ujah’s “A” sample emerged.
Both substances have a similar effect to anabolic steroids.
The Brit star protested his innocence in the aftermath and insisted he was not a cheat.
But now the International Testing Agency has confirmed that UK athletics bosses have been told that the “B” sample has confirmed the earlier result.
Under anti-doping rules, Ujah and his team-mates will all lose their medals, with Canada now taking silver and China bronze.
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They will become the first British athletes to lose a Summer Olympics medal, although skier Alain Baxter was stripped of his 2002 Winter Games slalom bronze after using an over the counter nasal inhaler.
And Ujah’s athletics career looks set to be over unless he can find a legitimate reason for the presence of the two drugs in his system as he faces a FOUR-year ban from the sport.
A final decision will be taken by the Court of Arbitration for Sport but the ITA pointed out: “IOC and World Athletics rules say that where an athlete who has committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation competed as a member of a relay team, the relay team shall be automatically disqualified from the event in question.
“All resulting consequences are for the relay team, including the forfeiture of all titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money.
“Once the matter is settled under the IOC, the case will be referred to the Athletics Integrity Unit (World Athletics) to follow up on sanctions beyond the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020.”
I have never and would never knowingly take a banned substance
Ujah has vehemently denied intentionally taking the PEDS, which can be ingested in pill, powder and liquid form.
He said: "To be absolutely clear, I am not a cheat.
"I have never and would never knowingly take a banned substance."
The sprinter was left heartbroken after being told of his potential doping violation.
He said: "I am completely shocked and devastated by the news.
"I love my sport and I know my responsibilities both as an athlete and as a team-mate.
"I am respecting the formal process and will not be making any further comment until it's appropriate to do so."
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