Three months after Sha’Carri Richardson’s DQ, WADA announces it will re-examine marijuana as banned substance

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world anti-doping agency announced on Tuesday that it will direct an advisory panel review whether cannabis should remain on the prohibited substances list beyond 2022.

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The announcement comes almost three months later Star American sprinter Shakari Richardson tested positive for marijuana at this summer’s Olympic trials, was disqualified for her first place finish in the 100 meters and effectively ruled her out of the Tokyo Olympics. Marijuana and other cannabis products that contain high amounts of THC Currently banned during competition under international anti-doping rules.

WADA did not specifically mention Richardson’s case in its announcement Tuesday, but it did note the decision to review marijuana’s place on the banned substances list, following “requests from multiple stakeholders” to do so. .


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In the meantime, marijuana will remain a banned substance until at least the end of 2022, WADA said. The list of prohibited substances for 2023 will be finalized next year.

Marijuana has long been banned by the WADA along with traditional performance-enhancing steroids such as stanozolol and nandrolone, even though it is now legal in 18 states — including Oregon, where Richardson said she introduced the drug earlier this summer. had consumed. The Anti-Doping Agency does not specify why marijuana, or any other specific substance, is banned, but does state that such substances must meet two of three criteria:

It enhances, or could potentially enhance, an athlete’s performance.

This can pose a health risk to athletes.

^ It “violates the spirit of the game.”

In the wake of Richardson’s suspension, some experts criticized marijuana’s place on the list. Roger Pilke Jr., a professor at the University of Colorado who studies sports administration, described efforts to regulate marijuana as an overflow.

“What is WADA’s business in regulating whatever it thinks about recreational drugs, given that we have jurisdictions around the world that have legal frameworks to do exactly that?” Peele told USA Today Sports in early July.

“A lot of the attention that can be put to regulating the actual doping drugs is spent on regulating these morality drugs.”

Richardson, 21, previously became one of Team USA’s brightest stars The news of her positive test broke, resulting in a minimum 30-day suspension under WADA’s Anti-Doping Code. The timing and duration of the suspension prevented him from competing in Tokyo.

Richardson later said In an appearance on NBC’s “Today” show Upon learning that his biological mother had died, he consumed marijuana.

“I want to take responsibility for my actions,” she said. “I know what I did. I know what to do. I know what I’m not allowed to do, and I still made that decision.”

Contact Tom Schadt at [email protected] or on Twitter @Tom_Shad.

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