CJ Ujah: ‘Tragic’ if relay team-mates lose silver medal, says British Olympic chief

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Team GB's 4x100m team at Tokyo 2020: Zharnel Hughes (centre-left), Richard Kilty (centre-right) and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (right)

The chairman of the British Olympic Affiliation says it’s “tragic” that CJ Ujah’s relay team-mates may lose their silver medals because of the sprinter’s anti‑doping rule violation.

Ujah has been provisionally suspended after a check confirmed the “presence/use” of two prohibited substances.

He was a part of GB males’s 4x100m relay group which won silver at Tokyo 2020.

“It is completely tragic for the opposite members of the relay group,” Sir Hugh Robertson told The Times.external-link

“It is vitally disappointing information however he stays harmless till confirmed responsible and we’ll completely respect the method.”

Ujah, 27, ran the opening leg as he, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake missed out on the Olympic 4x100m title by only a hundredth of a second in Tokyo earlier this month.

The foundations state that in cases the place an athlete who has dedicated an anti‑doping rule violation competed as a member of a relay group, all members of the group are robotically disqualified and subsequently lose their medals.

Talking on BBC Radio 4, Robertson mentioned: “You are feeling desperately sorry for them [his team-mates].

“I’m feeling enormously disenchanted. That is inevitable if you come off an important excessive like we have had with the Olympics. The group carried out splendidly. This after all is one occasion however it’s a severe situation.

“We’ve got to be sincere about it, respect the method and the result and if one thing has gone unsuitable we’ve got to do every part doable to place it proper.”

The British 100m champion, who has but to remark, examined constructive for ostarine and S23 – Selective Androgen Receptor Modulators, that are designed to have related results to testosterone.

Ujah can request evaluation of his B pattern. Ought to that verify the Antagonistic Analytical Discovering, the case can be referred to the Anti-Doping Division of the Courtroom of Arbitration for Sport.

Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs, who claimed a shock Olympic 100m gold, mentioned on Friday that the suspension of Britain’s Ujah “makes me smile a little bit”.

“Per week in the past they mentioned so many issues about me that weren’t true, and so they have the relay runner with a constructive end in their very own yard,” he added.

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