Chijindu Ujah has admitted that he is ‘shocked and devastated’ by his provisional suspension by the Athletics Integrity Unit over an alleged anti-doping breach.
Ujah, 27, who won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics as part of the men’s 4x100m relay team, was informed on Thursday August 12, of an ‘adverse analytical finding’ from testing that took place during the Games.
He said in a statement to the PA news agency: ‘It’s taken me a few days to process the information I received on Thursday shortly before it was made public.
‘I am completely shocked and devastated by this news.
‘To be absolutely clear, I am not a cheat and I have never and would never knowingly take a banned substance.
‘I love my sport and I know my responsibilities both as an athlete and as a team-mate.
‘I am respecting the formal processes and will not be making any further comment until it is appropriate to do so.’
Ujah was found to have presence/use of prohibited substances ostarine and S-23, which are selective androgen receptor modulators (SARM) and help with building muscle.
If the case is proven, then 27-year-old Ujah and the British team will be stripped of the silver they won behind Italy in Japan.
World Athletics Anti-Doping rules state that in instances where an athlete who has committed an ADRV competed as a member of a relay team, “the relay team shall be automatically disqualified from the event in question, with all resulting consequences for the relay team, including the forfeiture of all titles, awards, medals, points and prize, and appearance money”.