Reuters: British sprinter Chijindu Ujah was banned by the Athletics Integrity Unit (AIU) for 22 months on Monday for a doping violation at last year’s Tokyo Olympics but cleared him of intentionally taking prohibited substances. Ujah was provisionally suspended after Ostarine and S-23 — substances prohibited by the World Anti-doping Agency (WADA) — were detected in his A and B samples following the men’s 4x100m relay final in which Britain finished second behind Italy.
The AIU, which oversees integrity issues in international athletics including doping, added that the ban was effective from Aug. 6 2021 and will be in force until June 5, 2023.
Ujah and his team mates Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake were stripped of their silver medal in February after a Court of Arbitration for Sport ruling. Canada were upgraded to silver and China to bronze.
“Obviously, I made a mistake,” Ujah told The Guardian. “But people make mistakes. I am not a cheat.”