CJ Ujah has insisted he is “not a scammer” and attributed a failed drug test to a “convenient” dietary supplement he bought for £10 from Amazon after being handed a retroactive 22-month ban.
Britain lost their 4×100m silver medal from the Tokyo Olympics when Ujah tested positive for two banned substances.
However, Ujah, 28, was found not to have intentionally violated the sport’s anti-doping rules.
Ujah was tested on the day of the final in Tokyo – August 6 – and his sample contained the banned substances ostarin and S-23.
He will be allowed to return to competition after his suspension expires in June next year.
“Obviously I made a mistake,” Ujah said The guard. “But human error. I am not a cheater.
“I think complacency set in. During the (coronavirus) pandemic I have relied heavily on Amazon rather than using the people and resources around me. It was just convenient with next day delivery. And I didn’t think there was anything wrong with that.”
Ujah, along with Zharnel Hughes, Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake and Richard Kilty, was part of the British quartet that missed Italy’s gold medal by 0.01 seconds in Tokyo.
“You know what? I wish I had been tested right before the Olympics so I never went,” added Ujah.
“In that way, I would never have gone through those other three guys, my teammates, like I did.”
Earlier this year, Kilty said he would never be able to forgive his former teammate.
“What he (Ujah) did was reckless,” Kilty said. “It was all a team effort to get that position, to be part of the British 4×100 Strike Four.
“Now he made that mistake, I don’t think I can ever forgive him because me, Zharnel and Nethaneel lost a medal through his mistakes.”
Responding to Kilty’s comments, Ujah said, “Ruthless is a harsh word. I’ve seen Kilty’s criticism and can’t blame him.
“He has a family. he has children So I sympathize with him and understand the position he comes from.”
The Athletics Integrity Unit and the World Anti-Doping Agency said in a statement they were “satisfied that the sprinter’s anti-doping rule violation (ADRV) violation by reason of his ingestion of a contaminated nutritional supplement was not intentional.” .
They added that “his current two-year ban has been reduced by two months for admitting the breach so promptly”.
AIU chief Brett Clothier said: “In this case, after a thorough examination of the facts, we were satisfied that Mr Ujah did in fact ingest a contaminated dietary supplement, but he was unable to demonstrate that he was entitled to a reduction in the period in which he was in lockdown due to his fault.
“Taking dietary supplements is risky for athletes as they can be contaminated or even adulterated with banned substances. Athletes owe it to their competitors to be 100 percent sure before putting anything in their bodies. If there’s the slightest doubt, leave it out.”
https://www.independent.co.uk/sport/cj-ujah-richard-kilty-great-britain-amazon-zharnel-hughes-b2199724.html CJ Ujah claims ‘I made a mistake I’m not a cheater’ after being handed a 22-month ban