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British sprinter CJ Ujah's B-sample tests positive, case referred to CAS
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(L-R) Chijindu Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake of Team Great Britain celebrate during the medal ceremony for the men's 4x100m relay event at the Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, August 7, 2021. /CFP

(L-R) Chijindu Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake of Team Great Britain celebrate during the medal ceremony for the men's 4x100m relay event at the Tokyo Olympics in Tokyo, Japan, August 7, 2021. /CFP

British sprinter Chijindu Ujah's B-sample from the Tokyo Olympics has been tested positive, the International Testing Agency (ITA) said on Tuesday, confirming his previous test result of A-sample containing two banned substances, Ostarine and S-23, a week after the Games ended. Ujah has been provisionally suspended since. 

Both substances are classified by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) as selective androgen receptor modulator (SARM) with effects similar to anabolic steroids.

CJ Ujah was a member of the Team GB men's 4x100m team along with Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, who won silver in Tokyo. They are now at risk of losing the medal.

Ujah's case has been referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). Should the ban be upheld, next in line to be upgraded for the silver and bronze medals, respectively, are Team Canada and Team China, that finished third and fourth in the event's final at the Tokyo Olympics.

"The CAS Anti-Doping Division will consider the matter of the finding of an Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) and the disqualification of the men's 4x100 relay results of the Great Britain team," the ITA said in a statement.

"In this regard, pursuant to the IOC ADR (International Olympic Committee Anti-Doping Rules) and the World Athletics Anti-Doping Rules: 'where the athlete who has committed an Anti-Doping Rule Violation competed as a member of a relay team, the relay team shall be automatically disqualified from the event in question'."

"The case will then be referred to the Athletics Integrity Unit (World Athletics) to follow up on sanctions beyond the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020."

(With input from Reuters)

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