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British relay team faces being stripped of silver medal after Olympic doping scandal

Olympic silver medallist Ujah faces a possible four-year ban after doping test

OLYMPICS-2020-ATH/M-4X100M-MEDAL Silver medallists, Chijindu Ujah of Britain, Zharnel Hughes of Britain, Richard Kilty of Britain and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake of Britain celebrate on the podium | Reuters

British sprinter CJ Ujah has been provisionally suspended from competition after he tested positive to muscle-building drug . He was part of the Britain's Olympic 4x100m relay quartet that won silver at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. The team missed lost the Gold medal by just a hundredth of a second.

According to World Athletics Anti-Doping rules, if a member of a relay team tested positive for a banned substance the relay team shall be automatically disqualified from the event in question.

If the case is proven, Ujah's relay team mates— consisting of Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, Richard Kilty and Zharnel Hughes— will be losing the silver medal they won in Tokyo. In the event of the British team losingt its silver, Canada will see its bronze medal upgraded to silver and China will win Bronze medal. Ujah could be banned for four years for the presence of prohibited substance in the sample.

The AIU said that Ujah's sample was found to have the presence of prohibited substances ostarine (Enobosarm), and S-23, which are selective androgen receptor modulators (SARM). Now Ujah can request analysis of the B-sample which kept for storage while the A-sample is analysed.

The case will come before the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport if the sample B also confirm the finding, 

The UK Anti-Doping (Ukad) website said ostarine has "similar effects to testosterone".

Ujah, 27, also known as Chijindu, had won the 100m at the British Championships in June. 

The AIU said in a statement it had been notified by the doping control laboratory in Tokyo after the Games that Ujah had returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from a test carried out during the Olympics 

During the Tokyo Games, AIU had worked closely with the International Testing Agency and provided the intelligence to carry out specific target testings.

Three other athletes who were suspended following tests carried out during the Tokyo Olympics are: Moroccan-born Bahraini 1,500m runner Sadik Mikhou, shot putter Benik Abramyan of Georgia and Kenyan sprinter Mark Otieno Odhiambo.

AIU had been notified of anotherAdverse Analytical Finding (AAF) for Odhiambo in a sample collected in South Africa on June 24, before the Games started, reports Reuters.

The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has handed over the case management responsibility to the AIU, reports Reuters. Mikhou was suspended for receiving a blood transfusion during the Games. Abramyan failed an out of competition dope test for steroids in Tokyo. 


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