Italy’s Lamont Marcell Jacobs, who took gold within the 100m on the Tokyo Olympics, has mentioned that he ‘smiled’ when he was knowledgeable that British sprinter CJ Ujah has obtained a ban for failing a medicine check.
Ujah was handed the provisional suspension after testing constructive for 2 banned substances following his participation within the 4x100m closing, wherein the Nice British workforce completed with a silver – simply .01 of a second behind Jacobs’ Italian workforce who took gold.
If subsequent examinations can’t decide a respectable means wherein the banned substances had been present in Ujah’s system the UK foursome can be stripped of their medals, with Canada’s bronze being upgraded to silver whereas China would take third place.
Ujah would additionally most certainly be dealing with down a four-year ban in what threatens to be the only greatest doping scandal in British Olympic historical past.
Talking after information of the constructive check broke, the 27-year-old Briton indicated his shock.
“To be completely clear, I’m not a cheat,” he mentioned in a press release Saturday.
“I’ve by no means and would by no means knowingly take a banned substance. I’m utterly shocked and devastated by this information. I really like my sport and I do know my duties each as an athlete and as a team-mate. I’m respecting the formal processes and won’t be making any additional remark till it’s acceptable to take action.”
Jacobs, although, who was a eager rival of Ujah all through the Tokyo Olympics, has mentioned that he raised a smile after listening to information of the growing scandal – significantly after he says he obtained thinly-veiled accusations of doping after his beautiful performances within the Japanese capital.
The Italian athlete, who was born in the US, wasn’t thought of a high contender on this summer time’s Video games however stormed to victory within the 100m with a time of 9.80, in addition to being a member of the victorious 4x100m workforce, outcomes, he says, which led to questions as to the legitimacy of his personal performances.
And this made him smile.
“The state of affairs hasn’t touched me a lot, I do know the sacrifices and blows I went thorough to get right here,” mentioned Jacobs to Italian newspaper Tuttosport.
“As a substitute, I need to get pleasure from it 100%. Having seen the investigation into Ujah I might say that maybe it’s higher [for the British] to look nearer to house earlier than attacking others. It made me smile.”
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