Team GB silver medallist suspended for suspected doping violation
Written by Hit Music Radio News on 12/08/2021
Team GB 4x100m relay silver medallist CJ Ujah has been suspended for a suspected doping violation.
The International Testing Agency (ITA) says the relevant sample was collected after the 27-year-old competed in the 4x100m final at the Tokyo Olympics on 6 August.
The result was reported at a laboratory two days later.
If the violation is proven, the entire relay team will be disqualified.
Ujah now has the right to request the analysis of his B-sample.
If requested, and if the B-sample confirms an adverse analytical finding (AAF) – or if Ujah does not wish to have additional analysis done – the case will be referred to the anti-doping division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The World Athletic Anti-Doping rules state: “Where the athlete who has committed an anti-doping rule violation competed as a member of a relay team, the relay team shall be automatically disqualified from the event in question, with all resulting consequences for the relay team, including the forfeiture of all titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money.”
Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake claimed silver in Tokyo after being beaten to the gold by Italy by just 0.01 seconds.
Once the matter is settled, the case will be referred to the Athletics Integrity Unit (World Athletics) to follow up on sanctions beyond the 2020 Olympic Games.
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