“Tragedy” when British relay teammates lose Olympic silver in Uja’s doping test: BOA Chief


(From left to right) Chijin Douger, Zanell Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell Blake win the silver medal in the men’s 4×100 relay at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Summer Olympics held at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on August 7, 2021. Celebrate what you did. (Kirby / USA TODAY Sports)

Hugh Robertson, chairman of the British Olympic Association (BOA), said it would be “tragic” if other members of the country’s Olympic 4x100m relay team were stripped of their silver medals for violating Chijindu Ujah’s anti-doping rules. ..

The Athletics Integrity Unit said Thursday that it had been tentatively suspended for violating anti-doping rules at the Tokyo Olympics after returning adverse analysis findings (AAF) from tests conducted during the Olympics.

It listed the banned substances detected as enobosarm and S-23, which were classified by the World Anti-Doping Agency WADA as selective androgen receptor modulators (SARMs) with similar effects to anabolic steroids.

Ujah’s relay teammates were Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty, and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake. These teammates are also at risk for medals if they are tested positive.

“It’s absolutely tragic for the rest of the relay team, but that’s the rule,” Robertson said. The Times On Friday.

“Of course, that’s very disappointing news, but he remains innocent until proved guilty, and we absolutely respect the process.

“We British sports spend a lot of time and money educating athletes about banned substances, so if they violate, they are fully aware of what the consequences are.”

Ujah was part of the British team who missed the Olympic 4x100m title to Italy earlier this month in Tokyo by a hundredth of a second.

The 27-year-old can request an analysis of the B sample, and if the AAF results are confirmed, the case will be referred to the Anti-Doping Department of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

If the ban is upheld, Canada will be upgraded to silver and China will receive bronze.

By Manasi Pathak