Ujah ban could be one of the bleakest moments in Olympic history

COMMENT: CJ Ujah’s suspension for doping violation a week after taking silver in the 4x100m relay could be one of the bleakest moments in Britain’s Olympic history if found guilty

  • Team GB star CJ Ujah has been provisionally suspended for a doping violation
  • The 27-year-old won silver in the 4x100m men’s relay alongside Zharnel Hughes, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Richard Kilt at this summer’s Tokyo Games 
  • The Enfield-born athlete has been suspended pending an investigation
  • If found guilty it could be one of the darkest moments in Britain’s recent Olympics history 

After the shock and exhilaration of silver comes the shock and shame of a doping investigation.

It is quite astonishing that precisely one week after CJ Ujah launched the British 4x100m quartet on their way to second place in Tokyo, the same man might have sent them skidding on their faces back at home.

It ought to be stressed that an investigation into the 27-year-old is ongoing and nothing has been concluded, with no guilt or wrongdoing proved. 

Tokyo medalist CJ Ujah has provisionally been suspended for an alleged doping violation

Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake took silver in the men’s 4x100m relay race

But, if the adverse analytical finding which was announced on Thursday escalates to a conviction, it will be one of the darkest moments in Britain’s recent Olympic history.

There has long been a sneering ignorance over here that doping is a temptation that exists only in other countries, but that has always been nonsense.

There could be an innocent explanation for the presence of Ostarine and S-23 in Ujah’s sample, and the investigation will determine if that is the case, but one can hope such an outcome is reached quickly and emphatically because that shiny silver medal is fading by the minute. 

Team GB narrowly lost out to Italy and will now be hoping that Ujah is found innocent 

It was won in the most dramatic circumstances, with a less-than-fancied team storming their way to the brink of gold. 

It was only on the line that they were beaten by Italy, who won by 0.01sec, prompting Britain’s Richard Kilty to say: ‘Forget the Roman Empire, Nero, all that nonsense. This is as big as it gets for them. They’d better soak it in. We’re better than them and we’ll beat them next year.’

A penny for Kilty’s thoughts right now as he processes his team-mate’s situation. Likewise Zharnel Hughes and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake. They had all collected the prize of a lifetime and now a fight of law and science will commence to keep it.

What is S-23? 

It is a ‘receptor modulator’ which can stimulate new muscle and bone tissues by mimicking testosterone. It can only be bought as a research chemical. It…

  • Increases lean muscle
  • Increases strength, stamina and endurance
  • Decreases body fat
  • Prevents muscle-wasting and reduces recovery time
  • Increases bone strength 

1. Only one Briton has been stripped of an Olympic medal — Alain Baxter, who won bronze at the 2002 Winter Olympics in alpine skiing (men’s slalom). His sample contained traces of methamphetamine. 

Although it is a banned substance, it has no performance-enhancing properties, and Baxter claimed — and proved — the source was a Vicks inhaler. His ban was overturned but his medal was not returned.

50. Of the 149 medals that have been stripped, 50 have been from athletes and 50 from weightlifters, with 13 from wrestlers.


1. Russia Gold-12, Silver-20, Bronze-11, Total-43 

2.Ukraine Gold-2, Silver-4, Bronze-5, Total-11

3. Belarus Gold-2, Silver-3, Bronze-6, Total-11

4. Kazakhstan Gold-5, Silver-2, Bronze-2, Total-9

5. USA Gold-5, Silver-1, Bronze-2, Total-8

31. Team GB Gold-0, Silver-0, Bronze-1, Total-1


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