Great Britain have been stripped of their silver medal from the 4x100m relay at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. This is after CAS ruled that CJ Ujah was found to have committed a doping violation.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) upheld Ujah’s anti-doping violation on Friday after he had initially tested positive for the banned substances Ostarine and S-23 following the race in Tokyo in August.
CAS noted Ujah did not challenge the violation but said he claimed to have “not knowingly or intentionally doped,” according to Reuters.
Ujah’s violation meant his result from the relay has been disqualified, which nullifies Britain’s second-place finish behind Italy. Ujah, 27, was joined on the relay by teammates Richard Kilty, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Zharnel Hughes.
Ujah, who could face a ban from competition of up to four years, released a statement through U.K. Athletics on Friday, according to ESPN.
“I unknowingly consumed a contaminated supplement and this was the reason why an anti-doping rule violation occurred at the Tokyo Olympic Games,” he said. “I’m sorry that this situation has cost my teammates the medals they worked so hard and so long for, and which they richly deserved. That is something I will regret for the rest of my life.”
The decision to strip the British team of the silver medal comes days after the Winter Olympics had its own issues with an athlete testing positive for banned substances.
Third-place Canada will now receive the silver medal, and China will be awarded a bronze.