CJ Ujah apologises but Olympic 4 x 100m silver medal stripped off
British sprinter CJ Ujah has apologised to everyone who has been affected by the sanctions but their Toyo 2022 Olympic silver medal has been stripped off.
CAS stated, “The Great Britain men’s sprint relay team results in the 4 x 100m sprint relay Final on 6 August 2021 are disqualified together with the forfeiture of any medals.”
In terms of what punishment or length of ban Ujah will now face, CAS added: “World Athletics is requested to consider any further action within its own jurisdiction and pursuant to its own Rules including the determination of any period of ineligibility.”
A statement from Ujah, “I accept the decision issued by the Court of Arbitration for Sport today with sadness. I would like to make it clear that I unknowingly consumed a contaminated supplement and this was the reason why an anti-doping rule violation occurred at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
“I sincerely regret that this has inadvertently led to the forfeiture of the men’s 4 x 100m relay team’s Olympic silver medals at the Tokyo Olympic Games.
“I would like to apologise to my teammates, their families, and support teams for the impact which this has had on them. I’m sorry that this situation has cost my teammates the medals they worked so hard and so long for, and which they richly deserved. That is something I will regret for the rest of my life.
“I would also like to apologise to both British Athletics and Team GB. British Athletics has supported the relay athletes for years and this has been difficult for everyone involved in the programme. Representing my country at a second Olympic Games surpassed my childhood sporting ambitions and I will forever be devastated that this situation has marred the success achieved by the men’s 4 x 100 relay team in Tokyo.
“Now that the IOC proceedings have concluded before CAS, my focus is on the forthcoming proceedings before World Athletics and I will therefore not be making any further comment until those separate proceedings have concluded.”
UK Athletics has stated that no public statements would be made until the World Athletics processes are completed, stating simply that they “continue to remain in constant communication with the athletes concerned.”
Canada has been upgraded to silver from third place in the 4x100m relay final, while China has been upgraded to bronze.