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Richard Kilty will never forgive CJ Ujah after being stripped the Tokyo Olympics medal

Richard Kilty says he will never forgive CJ Ujah for costing him his Olympic medal.

Six months after winning sprint relay silver in Tokyo, Kilty and team mates had it confirmed that they are to be stripped of it due to Ujah’s failed drugs test.

“It’s officially gone and it’s utterly devastating,” said the Teeside star. “As a team mate I feel let down. I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forgive him.”

Ujah is the third Briton, after 1988 Judo player Kerrith Brown and 2002 slalom skier Alain Baxter, to test positive at an Olympics.

But he is the first whose actions have cost innocent team mates the greatest moment of their sporting careers. “

My dream was always to give my son an Olympic medal to take in and show all the other kids at school,” Kilty said. “

But then the news broke and all that just came tumbling down. Rather than a homecoming celebrating our achievement, it was coming home to explain. “`

What went on? Have you still got your medal? Does your team mate take drugs? “

I didn’t even want to leave the house. It was just exhausting trying to explain myself. We didn’t hear anything from CJ so I had no idea.”

The first they did hear from Ujah was a Zoom call six weeks ago in which he told them he thought the infraction was down to contaminated supplements.

The 27-year old admitted to them they were not batch tested, therefore uncertified for safe use by Informed Sport, as required by British Athletics. “

As a team mate I feel let down,” said Kilty. “We have people working full-time (at UK anti-doping) who do an incredible job educating us: check your supplements, Informed Sport only, update your Adams.” Adams – Anti-Doping Administration & Management System – centralises doping control-related information and makes it easy for the athletes to stay on top of their daily testing commitment. “

Only CJ knows the truth but we’ve got two scenarios here,” Kilty added.

“Either CJ’s taken drugs or he has taken supplements which are not tested. Either way it’s reckless and it’s not playing by the rules. “

And sadly it’s affected his career and three of our careers, our families, absolutely everything. It’s a tragedy for all of us involved.

“He’s apologised to us and our families, he’s genuinely upset, but I don’t think I’ll ever be able to forgive him because me, Zharnel and Nethaneel have lost a medal at the hands of his mistakes.

“We’ve worked so, so hard the last six years to create that brotherhood and to finally reach the pinnacle and win an Olympic medal.

“To lose it because one person has just been sloppy and reckless with what’s gone into their body.. it’s heartbreaking.”

Mo Farah dropped from funding by UK Athletics

Four-time Olympic gold medallist Mo Farah has been left off funding by the British Athletics Olympic Programme.

Farah was included on the Olympic World Class Programme funding in 2020, which British Athletics rolled over after the Tokyo Olympics was postponed for a year by the pandemic.

But he failed to reach the Games in Japan after missing the 10,000m qualifying time in the summer.

Farah is yet to announce whether he will return or retire but, with the World and European Championships next year,

British Athletics head coach Christian Malcolm has also refused to close the door on Sir Mo Farah’s career.

He said: “I will welcome any athlete who is out there performing well. Because people have been moved off the world class performance plan doesn’t necessarily mean you don’t want them to be part of the team.

“You want that competition, appetite to be back in the team and performing for their country.

“I haven’t spoken to him; we spoke on WhatsApp a couple of months ago. I’m giving him a bit of space and time but I will be in contact with him just to find out what he wants to do.

“Mo Farah is a legend of our sport and deserves to make his decision in his own time.”

Malcolm and British Athletics performance director Sara Symington have come under fire recently.

Disillusioned athletes reportedly asked Lord Seb Coe president of World Athletics to intervene last month such was their lack of confidence in the UKA performance team, but Malcolm asked for time.

He said: “I think its actions. They were good, productive conversations but it’s how we go forward and these things aren’t going to change overnight. There has to be an element of patience.

“Some of the things were warranted, they are understandable, it’s been a challenging year, but some of the other things they didn’t really know the answers to.

“We had good conversations and we intend on doing things a lot better. I just think we have come in and there have been a lot of moving parts within the organisation and, with anything, nobody really likes change do they?”

Justin Gatlin pulls out of Athletics World Cup

British Athletics will be spared the embarrassment of Justin Gatlin racing at its inaugural Athletics World Cup in London next month – but the event has been hit by further indifference from athletes in the US.

Sportsmail revealed in May that the new meet at the London Stadium on July 14-15 was suffering a headache with major doubts over the participation of bigger name athletes, including US sprinter Christian Coleman.

That situation has now been heightened with almost half of the USA’s eligible gold medallists from non-relay events at the 2016 Olympics and 2017 world championships ruling themselves out of selection by skipping their national outdoors championships, which start on Thursday in Iowa.

The list of absentees includes Torie Bowie, the 100m world champion, and 2017 100m world gold medallist Gatlin, as well as Allyson Felix, LaShawn Merritt, Brianna Rollins-McNeal, Kerron Clement, Dalilah Muhammad, Brittney Reese and Tianna Bartoletta, who are all either reigning world or Olympic champions.

A spokesperson for USA Track and Field confirmed to Sportsmail that their absence from the national championships would prevent them from being selected. Coleman, the fastest man in the world last year, is also confirmed as absent.

In the cases of Merritt, Gatlin and Rollins-McNeal, who have each previously served drugs bans, it avoids any awkwardness for the British Athletics, which launched the World Cup but has no hand in the selections of the other seven nations taking part.

They have previously snubbed Gatlin for invitations to their events on the grounds of not wanting athletes who ‘bring the sport into disrepute’.