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The first stage after an athlete has been informed that their drug test turned out to be positive is denial. This is typically manifested by a strong, convicted, and perhaps emotional statement to the media. In classic fashion, Chijindu “CJ” Ujah said in a statement, “To be absolutely clear, I am not a cheat,”
Oh, when one is in trouble, to the terrible and fantastic media they do come running.
He added, “I have never and would never knowingly take a banned substance.”
The 27-year-old competed for Great Britain on the silver medal-winning 4 x 100m relay team during the Tokyo Olympic Games.
Ujah tested positive for ostarine and S-23, both of which are listed as prohibited substances by the World Anti-Doping Agency. And they are new.
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The following step is silence. Anything he says can and will be used against him throughout the appeal process, should he appeal.
Should he receive the full four-year ban, his career will be in jeopardy. At age 31, after serving a doping ban, he will be entering the late stages of his career.