The men's 4x100m relay team from the United Kingdom has been stripped of their Olympic medal
The men’s 4x100m relay team from the United Kingdom has been stripped of their Olympic medal

After the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) found CJ Ujah guilty of a doping violation, the British men’s 4x100m relay team was deprived of their Olympic silver medal from last summer’s Games.

The 27-year-old, who finished a close second to Italy in Tokyo with a team of Richard Kilty, Zharnel Hughes, and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, has been provisionally suspended from the sport since mid-August after an in-competition sample tested positive for two banned substances.

CAS had been reviewing his case and delivered the verdict on Friday (February 18), stating that Ujah: “is sanctioned with the disqualification of his results in the 4 x 100m sprint relay Final on 6 August 2021, and his results in the 100m sprint.”

 

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 read: “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.

By Athleticshour

Sekyere Richard has had a 10-year involvement in the sport of athletics. He holds a Diploma in Physical Fitness. Sekyere has experienced the sport as a middle/distance athlete, coach, and now journalist and blogger. Sekyere has published several articles on athletics from Ghanaian Athletics to World Athletics. He currently owns and manages the content and marketing development of Athletics Hour. "I am passionate about sports, love writing and interviewing, traveling, and meeting new athletes and coaches. I like to expose the hidden talents in the youth and I am always in search of talents across Ghana". I have volunteered in one of the biggest ultra-marathons in the world "The Elton Ultra Marathon in Russia. Covered many races in Ghana including ECOWAS CAA Region II Championship and multiple roads and track races in Ghana. In 2021, he launched the "Better Ghana Athletics Agenda", which will help support organisers, athletes and coaches in all directions.

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