CJ Ujah: British sprinter allowed to deliberately take banned substance at Tokyo Olympics as ban lifted


pinter CJ Ujah has been cleared to deliberately take a banned substance following a failed drug test which saw the British men’s 4x100m relay team stripped of their Olympic silver medals last summer.

Ujah tested positive for two banned substances – ostarine and S-23 – during the Tokyo Games, and was facing a possible four-year ban, but was instead hit with a reduced sentence of 22 months afterwards. that an investigation found the breach was “unintentional”. ” and came as a result of a tainted supplement.

Ujah was part of a British quartet, alongside Richard Kilty, Nathaneel Mitchell-Blake and Zharnel Hughes, who finished just 0.01 seconds behind the Italian gold medalists in Tokyo, but were forced to lose their place on the podium after failing the test.

That decision stands and Ujah still has to serve a ban due to rules that leave athletes ultimately responsible for what happens to their bodies.

However, the 28-year-old was given a two-month suspension from the standard two-year ban for such offenses due to his quick admission of the violation. This reduction is significant: backdated to start on the date of the failed test (August 6, 2021), Ujah’s ban runs until the beginning of June next year, meaning he will be allowed to resume competition in time to compete for a place on the British circuit. team for next summer’s world championships in Budapest, which begin in mid-August.

“In this case, after careful consideration of the facts, we were satisfied that Mr. Ujah had indeed ingested a contaminated supplement, but he was unable to demonstrate that he was entitled to a reduced period. applicable suspension based on his level of misconduct,” said Brett Clothier, head of the Athletics Integrity Unit.

“Taking supplements is risky for athletes because they can be contaminated or even adulterated with banned substances. Athletes owe it to their fellow competitors to be 100% sure before putting anything into their bodies. If there is any doubt, leave it aside.

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