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British sprinter CJ Ujah will be considered for selection after the drugs ban


New UK Athletics technical director Stephen Maguire said that British sprinter CJ Ujah would be considered for selection after serving his doping suspension.

After testing positive for two prohibited drugs, Ostarine and S-23, during the Tokyo Olympics, Ujah, 28, received a 22-month penalty.

Britain took second place in the men’s 4x100m relay; however, due to a doping infraction, the medal was taken away.

“We will choose [Ujah] if he is available to participate,” said Maguire.

“I haven’t talked with CJ in a while. He erred; that much is obvious; now I need to assess the surroundings.

The Athletics Integrity Unit and World Anti-Doping Agency found no evidence that Ujah purposefully used illegal medications, and his suspension is retroactive to 6 August 2021 and will conclude on 5 June 2023.

Maguire said that he would evaluate the sprinter’s fitness to see if he is prepared to make a return before the World Athletics Championships, which will be held in Hungary in August of next year, two months after Ujah’s suspension expires.

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Maguire returned to UK Athletics to take Christian Malcolm’s spot in September and said that CJ “first and foremost, needs to run fast regardless.”

“It examines that setting and how everything comes together. Of course, it would be wonderful to have the option to choose CJ, and perhaps things will go well for him when he returns. However, anyone will find the 100 meters and 4×100 meters challenging.

“I’ll most certainly be speaking with CJ. I’ve talked to the BOA several times (British Olympic Association). Now that the CJ news has spread, it’s time to get to know them. He may apply for next year. So I’ll need to talk to them about that.

When the test returned positive, Ujah said that he had “unknowingly taken a tainted drug” and that he would “regret for the rest of my life” what had happened.

After Britain was deprived of a medal at a summer or winter Games for only the third time, Ujah apologized to his 4x100m relay teammates Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty, and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake.

Kilty said earlier this year that he would never pardon Ujah for his “careless and sloppy” conduct.

When asked whether it would be difficult to reintegrate Ujah into the group, Maguire said, “Yes is the word because we have to reconfirm where we’re at. Are we all on the same page?

“I’d be astonished if we didn’t have talks about this, how it would appear, even if I’m not sure that mediation is the proper term.

Several athletes, not simply CJ, Adam (Gemili), Richard, or Zharnel, will participate. It’s a team effort to learn the proper procedures.


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