This is not good time for UK Athletics. Just when some influential figures in UK track and field have called on UK Sport to intervene in the ongoing ‘crisis’ around UK Athletics by making an approach to Sir Brendan Foster to replace chairman Nic Coward, who is due to leave next month. Another negative new seem likely to tip the ‘crisis’ further.
Despite British not winning any athletics gold at Tokyo Olympics, the worthy relay silver medal looks like it’s going to be lost as sprinter CJ Ujah’s ‘B’ sample has finally been confirmed positive, confirming the result of his initial test from the Tokyo Olympics.
Ujah, 27, was part of the British men’s 4x100m relay team which won silver at the rearranged 2020 Olympics.
They will now almost certainly lose those medals.
Ujah was provisionally suspended when a test taken at the Games – his ‘A’ sample – tested positive for banned substances Ostarine and S-23.
The case has now been referred to the Court of Arbitration for Sport Anti-Doping Division, which will rule on whether the British relay team should be disqualified.
Olympic and World Athletics’ rules state “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… including the forfeiture of all titles, awards, medals, points and prize and appearance money”.