Athletics: Briton Ujah among four suspended for alleged anti-doping breaches

The other three athletes suspended are Moroccan 1,500 metres runner Sadik Mikhou, Georgian shot putter Benik Abramyan and Kenyan sprinter Mark Otieno Odhiambo.

Chijindu Ujah of Team Great Britain celebrates after the Men's 4 x 100m Relay Final at the Tokyo Olympics, August 06, 2021.   -  Getty Images

British sprinter Chijindu Ujah is among four athletes who have been suspended for allegedly breaching anti-doping rules at the Tokyo Olympics, the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) said on Thursday.

Ujah was part of the British team who won the silver medal in the men's 4x100 metres relay at the Games.

The other three athletes suspended are Moroccan 1,500 metres runner Sadik Mikhou, Georgian shot putter Benik Abramyan and Kenyan sprinter Mark Otieno Odhiambo.

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In a statement, the AIU said it worked closely with the International Testing Agency during the Games and provided the intelligence to carry out specific target testing on two of the four athletes.

"The AIU now awaits the conclusion of the ITA proceedings against the above athletes, which will determine whether any anti-doping rule violations have been committed and what consequences (if any) should be imposed in relation to the Olympic Games," the AIU added.

Ujah 'shocked and devastated' by positive test

Ujah said he was "shocked and devastated" after a positive drugs test that could see his country stripped of their Olympic silver medal in the 4x100m relay.

The 27-year-old ran the first leg of the final in Tokyo as Britain narrowly missed gold, but has been provisionally suspended after prohibited substances showed up in tests.

In his statement, Ujah said: "I am completely shocked and devastated by this news. I love my sport and I know my responsibilities both as an athlete and as a team mate.

"I am respecting the formal processes and will not be making any further comment until it is appropriate to do so."

"To be absolutely clear, I am not a cheat," Ujah said in a statement to the PA news agency on Saturday. I have never and would never knowingly take a banned substance," the statement added.

 

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