CJ Ujah on Saturday night insisted he “would never knowingly take a banned substance” as the sprinter broke his silence to deny an alleged anti-doping breach at the Tokyo Olympics.
Ujah, 27, who won a silver medal as part of the men’s 4x100m relay team, was informed on Thursday of an ‘adverse analytical finding’ from testing that took place during the Games.
If the case against Ujah is proven, the British relay quartet, also including Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake, are likely to be stripped of their silver medals.
“It’s taken me a few days to process the information I received on Thursday shortly before it was made public,” the 27-year-old said in a statement.
“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.”
The British sprinters lost out by just one hundredth of a second as they were beaten by the Italian team last week.
According to the Athletics Integrity Unit, 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.
It remains unclear what steps Ujah is planning to take but he can now request an analysis of his B sample. Should that confirm the adverse analytical finding, the case will be referred to the Anti-Doping Division of the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
The AIU confirmed that Bahrain’s 1500m runner Sadik Mikhou, Georgian shot-putter Benik Abramyan and Kenya sprinter Mark Otieno Odhiambo have also been provisionally suspended following adverse tests.