British star banned in Tokyo doping scandal

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British 4x100-metre relay metallic medallist Chijindu Ujah has been provisionally suspended by the Athletics Integrity Unit for an alleged doping usurpation astatine the Tokyo Olympics.

The Athletics Integrity Unit announced that the doping power laboratory successful Tokyo had notified the International Testing Agency of an "adverse analytical finding" successful Ujah's doping sample.

It said Ujah's illustration contained the prohibited substances ostarine and S-23, which are selective androgen receptor modulators (SARM) and assistance with gathering muscle.

Chijindu Ujah of Team Great Britain competes successful the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final. (Getty)

Both are banned nether the World Anti-Doping Agency's database of prohibited substances. Ostarine has caused athletes headaches successful caller years. In 2017 the US Anti-Doping Agency warned competitors the substance was appearing successful tainted supplements.

The International Testing Agency besides confirmed the illustration had travel from an in-competition trial pursuing the 4x100m relay final.

"The effect was reported by the WADA-accredited laboratory of Tokyo connected 8 August 2021," it said successful a statement. "The jock has the close to petition the investigation of the B-sample.

"If requested by the jock and if the B-sample investigation confirms the adverse analytical uncovering … the lawsuit volition beryllium referred to the anti-doping part of the tribunal of arbitration for athletics for adjudication.

"It volition see the substance of the uncovering of an anti-doping regularisation usurpation and the disqualification of the men's 4x100 relay results of the British team," it said.

Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake of Team Great Britain. (Getty)

Under World Athletics and IOC rules, if 1 jock successful a relay squad is banned "the relay squad shall beryllium automatically disqualified from the lawsuit successful question, with each resulting consequences for the relay team, including the forfeiture of each titles, awards, medals, points and prize and quality money".

Ujah was portion of the British quartet alongside Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake who finished 2nd to Italy successful a adjacent race.

If Ujah can't beryllium his innocence, Canada volition beryllium upgraded to metallic and China volition get bronze.

If the prohibition is upheld it would beryllium viewed arsenic a monolithic gut punch to Britain's Olympic occurrence aft Team GB's 65-medal haul successful Tokyo. Also, Ujah would apt look a four‑year ban.

Meanwhile, the AIU confirmed that 1,500-metre runner Sadik Mikhou of Bahrain, Georgian shot-putter Benik Abramyan and Kenyan sprinter Mark Otieno Odhiambo person besides been provisionally suspended pursuing earlier adverse tests during the Tokyo Games.

The AIU said it worked intimately with the ITA during the Games and provided the quality to transportation retired circumstantial people investigating connected 2 of the 4 athletes.

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