The Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) has provisionally suspended British 4×100-meter relay silver medalist Chijindu Ujah for a suspected anti-doping violation at the Tokyo Olympics.
The AIU said that the doping control laboratory in Tokyo had notified the International Testing Agency (ITA) of an “adverse analytical finding” in Ujah’s doping sample, showing presence of two banned substances — Ostarine and S-23.
Ostarine and S-23 are both selective androgen receptor modulators that help build up muscle. Both are banned under the World Anti-Doping Agency’s list of prohibited substances.
ITA said in a statement that they collected Ujah’s sample during an in-competition anti-doping control last Aug. 6 after the Olympic relay final and the laboratory reported the result two days later.
ITA said that they will not release further comments as the case is ongoing.
AIU said that it awaits the conclusion of the ITA proceedings to determine if Ujah violated any anti-doping rule and what consequences related to the Olympics should be imposed.
If Ujah fails to adequately explain how the substances got into his body, his entire relay team would be stripped of their medals and he would likely face a four-year ban.
“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,” the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules states.
The doping scandal would also be the biggest in British Olympic history.
None of Ujah’s teammates showed suggestions of testing positive for a banned substance.
© Fourth Estate® — All Rights Reserved.
This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.