British Track and Field Silver Medalist at the Tokyo Olympics 2020 Suspended After Testing Positive for Banned Substance

Published 08/13/2021, 8:16 AM EDT


Tokyo Olympics 2020 has seen a lot of doping cases; some before and some after. While athletes are extremely careful about doping, certain tests might’ve shocked athletes.

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Before Tokyo, Sha’Carri Richardson missed out on the Olympics because of a similar issue. However, cases did not stop after Tokyo as well, as Great Britain’s CJ Ujah tested positive for a banned substance after winning.

CJ Ujah Track and Field athlete tested positive after Tokyo Olympics 2020

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Team Great Britain clinched the silver medal in the 4*100m relay men’s race at Tokyo Olympics 2020. The team comprised CJ Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty, and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake.

CJ Ujah, who was part of the winning team, was found positive for a banned substance. 27-year-old’s tests found prohibited substances like Ostraine and S-32.

Tokyo 2020 Olympics – Athletics – Men’s 4 x 100m Relay – Medal Ceremony – Olympic Stadium, Tokyo, Japan – August 7, 2021. Silver medallists Chijindu Ujah of Britain, Zharnel Hughes of Britain, Richard Kilty of Britain and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake of Britain pose on the podium REUTERS/Andrew Boyers

The Athletics Integrity Unit has provisionally suspended the Olympic medalist as an aftermath of his positive report. The banned substance has similar effects as testosterone or steroids according to the UK and USA doping divisions.

Huge set back for the Great Britain team

According to the rules of the Athletics Integrity Unit, even if a single member of the relay team tests positive, the whole team shall face the consequences. If the positive test is proven, then the entire team will be stripped of their medal.

Italy clinched the gold medal, defeating Great Britain to the silver medal. While China won the bronze medal, and Great Britain’s suspension will move them to the second position.

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However, Ujah has the right to request re-testing with his B-sample. Although if he tests positive again, the case will move to the Anti-doping division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

While some other athletes also tested post-Tokyo Olympics 2020. These names include Bahrain’s 1500m runner Sadik Mikhou, Kenya’s sprinter Mark Otieno Odhiambo and Georgia’s shot putter Benik Abramyan. Albeit they are also under investigation.

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While these athletes have been only accused as of now, their investigation is under process. The rules of AIU and the World Doping Agency are very strict. Russia, as an entire country, could not use the name or identity of the nation because of doping cases over the years.

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Shreya Verma is an NBA and Tennis Author at EssentiallySports. A graduate of Political Science, Shreya comes from a strong sports background. A professional 10m air pistol shooter, Shreya is also a tennis enthusiast.

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