‘Obviously he’s got a lot to deal with. But he’s one of the most talented sprinters we’ve ever had. You can’t just rule someone out. People have got to realise he’s still a person’
CJ Ujah has been backed to run again despite failing a drugs test which cost Great Britain sprint relay silver at the Tokyo Olympics.
Ujah, who blamed a contaminated supplement after the banned substances ostarine and S23 were found in his urine, faces a ban of up to four years.
The 28-year old received zero sympathy from the British Olympic Association while Richard Kilty, one of three innocent team mates forced to give back their medal, said he would never forgive him.
But Reece Prescod, European silver medalist and two-time British champion over 100m, said: “I personally think he’ll run again, definitely.
“Of course I’d like him to. He’s one of the most talented sprinters we’ve ever had. You can’t just rule someone out. People have got to realise he’s still a person.
“We’ve spoken – me and CJ are cool. We trained together in 2013 and I’ve known him very well. Obviously he’s got a lot to deal with. But I reached out to him, we had a conversation. He was very upset by what happened.”
Canada, who finished 0.19secs behind GB in the Tokyo final, had their upgrade to silver officially confirmed at an IOC executive board meeting yesterday.
Ujah has insisted he did not knowingly take an illegal substance but did admit to using supplements that were not batch-tested by Informed Sport.
The Müller Birmingham Diamond League takes place on Saturday. Catch all the action on BBC1 13:15 – 16:30.