‘Tokyo Olympics 400m relay relay’ British disqualification… All four returned medals to one person for taking banned substances

The British national team, consisting of Chijindu Uza, Janelle Hughes, Richard Kilty, and Nethaniel Mitchell-Blake (from left), hangs around their necks with the silver medal they won in the men’s 400m relay at the Tokyo Olympics on August 6, last year. Tokyo = AFP Federation

The British men’s 400m relay team, which won a silver medal at the Tokyo Olympics in Japan, was disqualified and had to return all of its medals.

According to the British Olympic Committee (BOA) on the 15th (Korean time), the four relay athletes were asked to return all their medals and certificates from the International Olympic Committee (IOC).

Earlier, in the men’s 400m relay final at the Tokyo Olympic Stadium on August 6 last year, the British national team consisting of Janelle Hughes, Richard Kilty, Nethaniel Mitchell-Blake and Chijindu Uza passed the finish line in second place after Italy.

Ostarine and S-23, which were later classified as a type of muscle enhancer and banned, were detected in a urine sample from Qijindu collected during the competition.

In response, the Athlete Ethics Committee (AIU), an independent organization of the World Athletics Federation, confirmed the doping violation and temporarily suspended Qi Jin-doo’s qualifications. Dissatisfied with this, Qi Jin-du filed a complaint with the Court of Arbitration for Sports (CAS), but the court supported the ‘deprivation of the medal’.

On the other hand, in principle, even if only 1 out of 4 people are taking banned substances, the records of the other 3 people will be deleted as well.

In the end, the IOC disqualified the British relay team, and Canada, which had a bronze medal, was promoted to silver, and China, who placed fourth, was promoted to bronze.

BOA President Andy Anson said, “It is regrettable that we are asking the three remaining athletes to return their medals and certificates even if they were not at fault,” he said.

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