‘I Am Not A Cheat’, Says British Athlete Ujah
British sprinter CJ Ujah said he is “not a cheat” after a positive drugs test that could see his country stripped of their Olympic silver medal won in the 4x100m relay event at the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.
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.
“To be absolutely clear, I am not a cheat,” Ujah said in a statement. “I have never and would never knowingly take a banned substance.”
On Thursday Ujah was informed of an Adverse Analytical Finding (AAF) from a test carried out during the Olympics, showing the presence/use of muscle-building ostarine and S-23.
Ujah’s relay team mates, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, could be stripped of their medals as well if the positive test is confirmed.
“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,” Ujah added.
“I am respecting the formal processes and will not be making any further comment until it is appropriate to do so.”