British sprinter Chijindu Ujah gets 22-month doping ban

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British sprinter Chijindu Ujah was banned for 22 months on Monday after testing constructive for 2 prohibited substances through the Tokyo Olympics final yr.

Ujah examined constructive for ostarine and S-23 after the ultimate of the 4×100-meter relay, by which Britain completed second. The Canadian squad has since then been upgraded from bronze to silver.

Ujah has already been stripped of his silver medal, as have teammates Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake.

Jerome Blake of Burnaby, B.C., Aaron Brown and Brendon Rodney of Toronto, and six-time Olympic medallist Andre De Grasse of Markham, Ont. posted a time of 37.70 seconds in Tokyo to complete behind Italy and Great Britain.

The ban was backdated to Aug. 6 final yr, the date of the constructive check, so Ujah can return on June 5 subsequent yr, two months earlier than the world championship in Budapest.

Announcing the ban, the Athletics Integrity Unit mentioned it accepted Ujah’s rationalization that he didn’t deliberately take prohibited medication and that his failed check was “on account of his ingestion of a contaminated complement.”

A two-year ban was decreased to 22 months as a result of he admitted to the violation.

“Taking dietary supplements is dangerous for athletes as they are often contaminated and even adulterated with prohibited substances,” mentioned Brett Clothier, head of AIU. “Athletes owe it to their fellow rivals to be 100% sure earlier than placing something into their physique.

“If there’s the slightest doubt, depart it out.”

The ban means Ujah can not compete within the first 5 Diamond League meets subsequent yr.

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