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‘Dad took his medal’

ANGRY Richard Kilty says he will never tolerate drug cheating CJ Ujah as he prepares to tell his young son: Dad is about to lose his Olympic medal.

Team GB has been stripped of its men’s 4x100m relay medal from the Tokyo Olympics next Ujah doping violation.

GB team stars CJ Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (left to right) celebrate their Olympic silver win

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GB team stars CJ Ujah, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake (left to right) celebrate their Olympic silver winCredit: AFP
GB star Richard Kilty poses with his wife Dovile and son Richard Jr

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GB star Richard Kilty poses with his wife Dovile and son Richard Jr

Sprinter Ujah, 27, who tested positive for Ostarine and S-23 after the race last August, explained that he “accidentally consumed a contaminated supplement”.

Champion athletes like Kilty, Zharnel Hughes, Richard Kilty and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake – who finished 0.2 seconds behind the Italian champion – will all have to give their medals back.

When asked if he would ever forgive Ujah, Kilty replied: “No.

“Now that he has made that mistake, I don’t think I will be able to forgive him because me, Zharnel and Nethaneel lost their medals because of his mistakes.

“CJ will end up being the one to get the ban himself, which affects his own career.

“But again, we’ve worked really hard over the last six years.

“Eventually reaching the top and winning an Olympic medal, only to lose it because someone was both negligent and careless with what went into their body.

“It is heartbreaking and devastating.

“We had a Zoom call from CJ about six weeks ago and that was it.

“In the last 20 years of my career – as well as two other players – we have given our best.

“We followed the rules, inside and out. I test every supplement I put in my body. Only CJ knows the truth.

“We were all gutted. We were all confused and upset.

“It’s an Olympic medal at the end of the day. It was the last medal I had to tick off my list.

“You have to test your supplements. You have to take responsibility for what goes into your body and don’t take risks. “

Kilty, Teesside Tornado, has been incredibly proud of his medal for the past six months, which he has kept atop the kitchen cabinets.

The kids at school say: ‘Dad got the medal.’

Richard Kilty

Whenever he can, he shows it to children and friends and includes it in social activities.

The toughest conversation the 32-year-old will have now will be with his son, aged five and a half, when the final medal is taken away by officials.

Kilty said: “When I finally brought home the medal, he was so proud of it. He carried it everywhere.

“I think he will probably understand it more in a year or two, when I can explain it to him logically.

“My son goes to school now. My nieces, nephews, people come to me and even the kids at school say: ‘Dad got the medal.’

“I don’t even want to take him out of school now because every parent in the schoolyard is talking to me.

“Sometimes, I don’t even want to leave the house. It’s exhausting trying to explain yourself.

“And I don’t know because we haven’t heard from CJ. He didn’t tell us. I can not hear anything. It’s all confusing.”

https://www.the-sun.com/sport/4730261/richard-kilty-olympics-cj-ujah/ ‘Dad took his medal’

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