CJ Ujah’s B sample comes back positive for banned substances meaning the silver medalists of Team GB’s 4x100m Olympic relay are now being stripped of their medals
- Team GB’s 4x100m men’s relay team faces silver medal loss
- CJ Ujah tested positive for banned substances and now his B-sample has it too
- Ujah was one of four British sprinters to win silver in the 4x100m relay in Tokyo
- CAS is now taking over and considering disqualifying Team GB
The British silver medalist in the 4x100m Olympic relay, CJ Ujah’s B sample from Tokyo, has also tested positive for banned substances, meaning he and his Team GB teammates will now almost certainly be deprived of their medals.
Ujah, who was hit with a suspension after his positive tests for muscle-building ostarine and S-23 came to light, had hoped his spare sample would help clear his name after requesting its analysis.
However, the International Testing Agency (ITA) has stated that its B sample has confirmed the presence of the drugs and has now referred the case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport Anti-Doping Division.
CJ Ujah’s B sample has tested positive for banned substances meaning the silver medalists of Team GB’s 4x100m Olympic relay will now have to be stripped of their medals
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) will now rule on the violation and disqualification of the British team’s 4x100m men’s relay results.
Ujah was part of the men’s GB sprint relay team, along with Zharnel Hughes, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Richard Kilty, who won silver in Tokyo.
Anti-doping rules state that if an athlete participating as a member of a relay team commits a violation, the entire team “shall be disqualified from the event, titles, prizes, medals, points and prize money and competition money forfeited.”
As Sportsmail revealed last month, Ujah’s lawyers are expected to argue that the banned substances were not listed as components in a supplement he took prior to the final.
Ujah (left), Zharnel Hughes (second from left), Richard Kilty (second from right) and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (right) won silver medals in the 4x100m relay in Tokyo earlier this summer
WHAT IS OSTARIN?
Ostarine is a selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) – a type of therapeutic compound used for stimulating tissue growth such as muscle and bone.
The substance is not approved for human consumption in any country and is banned in sport by WADA at all times.
There has been an increasing number of positive tests involving ostarine and other SARMs in recent years, with athletes likely acquiring the substance through black market channels.
Ostarine can be found in other products, but only in illegal products, and a doctor will never prescribe a treatment or drug that contains it.
Some dietary supplements may contain SARMs such as ostarine and are sold as “legal steroids” or “research only,” according to USADA.
There is interest in ostarine for the treatment of a number of muscle-consuming diseases, including cancer, osteoporosis and hypogonadism.
But even if Ujah proves he was wrong to take the drug, the chances of him being fully acquitted by the Court of Arbitration for Sport are slim, while hopes that the British relay team will keep their medals now seem out of the question.
Ujah insisted he was “shocked” and “devastated” after the adverse findings came to light and denied knowingly taking banned substances.
“It took me a few days to process the information I received on Thursday, shortly before it was made public,” Ujah said in a statement in August.
“I am completely shocked and devastated by this news.
“To be clear, I am not an impostor and I have never and would never knowingly take a banned substance.”
Ujah denied being a ‘cheat’ by insisting he would never knowingly take a banned substance, but his case has now been handed over to CAS after his B sample also came back positive