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Great Britain's memorable track medal in the men's 4x100m relay at the Tokyo Games is in danger of being stripped after one of its athletes tested positive for banned substances.
Britain's Olympic 4x100m relay silver medallist Chijindu 'CJ' Ujah has been provisionally suspended for allegedly breaching anti-doping rules at the Games, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) reported.
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The AIU said in a statement on Thursday that 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.
It listed the prohibited substances detected as Ostarine and S-23, both classified by world anti-doping organisation WADA as a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) with effects similar to anabolic steroids.
The illegal substances are banned because they help build muscles.
Ujah reacted to the news with an Instagram post of himself that read: “Stay focused … Because truth is madder than fiction.”
Ujah can request analysis of the B-sample which is kept in storage while the A-sample is analysed.
If that also results in a positive test for doping, the case will be referred to the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
If Ujah is proven guilty, it could be heartbreaking for the other three members of Britain's silver medal-winning relay team.
Ujah's relay teammates were Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, whose medals will also be at risk of being stripped if the positive is confirmed.
English sports journalist Martyn Ziegler tweeted: “It’s a disaster for his relay team-mates — they face being stripped of their medals too.”
The doing controversy has left fans shocked on social media.
It's a disaster for his relay team-mates - they face being stripped of their medals too.
— Martyn Ziegler (@martynziegler) August 12, 2021
GB men's 4x100m relay silver medal in doubt.
CJ Ujah returned a positive doping sample for Ostarine and S-23. https://t.co/rsLhwjX8p0
— Chris Brown (@ChrisBrownSport) August 12, 2021
Big news here, GB will lose men’s 4x100 relay silver, if upheld, as a result of CJ Ujah positive test! https://t.co/0jcDhwQ1C2
— David Gillick (@DavidGillick) August 12, 2021
TRACK: British sprinter CJ Ujah has been provisionally suspended for alleged anti-doping breaches.
If found guilty, Team GB would be stripped of the relay silver medal.
Andre De Grasse and Team Canada won the bronze and could be promoted.#Tokyo2020 pic.twitter.com/gkcoeC98U4
— Ben Steiner (@BenSteiner00) August 12, 2021
This is worrying - let’s hope that the findings are negative.
CJ Ujah: British Olympic silver medallist suspended after positive test for banned substance - BBC Sport https://t.co/MRhv3bZy2x
— Dr. Tabo Huntley (PhD) (@CoachTabo) August 12, 2021
If the CJ Ujah doping allegations are true then it’s very disappointing. That relay medal was a literal silver lining to a cloud of British sprinting injuries and daft mistakes at the olympics. May explain his surprise return to form :(
— Richie Brown (@richiewrotethis) August 12, 2021
Oh dear, you so don't want it to be true,........ ....
BBC News - CJ Ujah: British Olympic silver medallist suspended after positive test for banned substancehttps://t.co/KFfYekhEks
— Binstedman 🚴💙 (@binstedman) August 12, 2021
Three other athletes in alleged doping breach
Three other track and field athletes who were suspended during the Games - Moroccan-born Bahraini 1,500m runner Sadik Mikhou, Georgian shot putter Benik Abramyan and Kenyan sprinter Mark Otieno Odhiambo - were also listed.
The AIU said it had worked closely with the International Testing Agency during the Games and provided the intelligence to carry out specific target testing on two of the four athletes, without specifying which.
"The AIU now awaits the conclusion of the ITA proceedings against the above athletes, which will determine whether any anti-doping rule violations have been committed and what consequences (if any) should be imposed in relation to the Olympic Games," it added.
It added that it had been notified of another AAF for Odhiambo in a sample collected in South Africa on June 24, before the Games started.
The Anti-Doping Agency of Kenya (ADAK) has handed over the case management responsibility to the AIU.
Odhiambo, a 100m sprinter, was suspended before the qualifying heats in Tokyo.
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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