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British sprinter CJ Ujah has received a backdated 22-month ban after failing a drug test. The positive test for ostarine and S-23 resulted in Team GB being stripped of their Tokyo Olympic silver medal in the 4×100-metre relay event.
The 28-year-old admitted that he had “unknowingly consumed a contaminated substance” and said that he would “regret for the rest of his life” the situation.
Team-mates Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty, and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake were also stripped following the ruling by the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) in February.
The AIU has banned Chijindu Ujah of Britain for 22 months from 6 August, 2021, for the presence of Ostarine and S-23.— Athletics Integrity Unit (@aiu_athletics) October 10, 2022
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He was expected to be banned for four years, however, the CAS agree from his testimony that he consumed the performance-enhancing substances through contamination.
The AIU and WADA were satisfied that the sprinter’s anti-doping rule violation was not intentional. The two-year period of ineligibility was reduced by two months due to how promptly he admitted the violation, according to the AIU.
With the World Championships taking place in Hungary between August 19-27, there is the prospect that Ujah could soon represent Great Britain in another major championship event.