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‘Tragic’ If British Relay Teammates Lose Olympic Silver Over Ujah’s Doping Test: BOA Chief

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(L–R) Chijindu Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake celebrate winning the silver medal in the men’s 4×100 relay during the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Games at the Olympic Stadium in Tokyo, Japan, on Aug 7, 2021. (Kirby Lee/USA TODAY Sports)

The British Olympic Association’s (BOA) Chairman Hugh Robertson said it would be “tragic” if other members of the country’s Olympic 4x100m relay team were stripped of their silver medals over Chijindu Ujah’s anti-doping rule violation.

The Athletics Integrity Unit said on Thursday Ujah has been provisionally suspended for allegedly breaching anti-doping rules at the Tokyo Games after he had returned an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from a test carried out during the Olympics.

It listed the prohibited substances detected as Ostarine and S-23, both classified by world anti-doping organization WADA as a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) with effects similar to anabolic steroids.

Ujah’s relay teammates were Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty, and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, whose medals will also be at risk if the positive is confirmed.

“It is absolutely tragic for the other members of the relay team but those are the rules,” Robertson told The Times newspaper on Friday.

“It is very disappointing news of course, but he remains innocent until proven guilty and we will absolutely respect the process.

“We in British sport spend a lot of time and money on educating athletes about prohibited substances so if they transgress they will be fully aware of what the consequences are.”

Ujah was part of the British team that missed out on the Olympic 4x100m title to Italy by one hundredth of a second in Tokyo earlier this month.

The 27-year-old can request analysis of his B-sample and should that confirm the AAF finding, the case will be referred to the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

If the ban is upheld, Canada would be upgraded to silver while China would receive bronze.

By Manasi Pathak

Reuters

Brittany Jordan is an award-winning journalist who reports on breaking news in the U.S. and globally for the Federal Inquirer. Prior to her position at the Federal Inquirer, she was a general assignment features reporter for Newsweek, where she wrote about technology, politics, government news and important global events around the world. Her work has also appeared in the Washington Post, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, Toronto Star, Frederick News-Post, West Hawaii Today, the Miami Herald, and more. Brittany enjoys food, travel, photography, and hoarding notebooks and journals. Her goal is to do more longform features journalism, narrative writing and documentary work, and to one day write a successful novel and screenplay.

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