One of the tightest races on the 2021 Tokyo Olympic Games is ready to be shaken up after a British runner examined positive for banned substances.
Great Britain’s silver medal within the males’s 4×100 metres relay on the Tokyo Olympics is sort of sure to be stripped after the International Testing Agency (ITA) confirmed CJ Ujah’s B pattern has examined positive for banned substances.
Ujah supplied the pattern on August 6, the ITA stated, the identical day that he was a part of the British staff which received silver behind Italy.
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If Team GB are disqualified, Canada would take silver with China promoted to bronze-medal place.
“The ITA confirms that as per the athlete’s request, the B-sample analysis was carried out by the WADA-accredited laboratory of Tokyo on 19 August 2021 and the procedure confirmed the result of the A-sample,” the ITA stated in an announcement.
“The ITA has thus referred the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport Anti-Doping Division (’CAS ADD’).”
Ujah’s samples have examined positive for prohibited substances Ostarine and S-23. They are substances generally used to construct muscle.
The ITA cited World Athletics’ anti-doping guidelines which state: “Where the 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, with all resulting consequences for the relay team, including the forfeiture of all titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money.”
Ujah was provisionally suspended following the results of the A pattern final month and launched an announcement on August 14 saying he was “shocked and devastated” by the result of the take a look at.
He added: “To be absolutely clear, I am not a cheat and I have never and would never knowingly take a banned substance.
“I love my sport and I know my responsibilities both as an athlete and as a teammate.”
The potential forfeiture of the medals will be thought of first, earlier than the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) follows as much as take into account any sanction past the Games for Ujah.