World Anti-Doping Agency reviewing cannabis’ status as banned substance following Sha’Carri Richardson’s DQ

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World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee announced on Tuesday that it would consider the status of cannabis as a prohibited substance… This comes after US athletics star Sha’Karrie Richardson was disqualified from the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for marijuana, which she admitted after the death of her mother.

WADA said in a statement that the agency has received numerous requests from “a range of stakeholders” to continue investigating the status of cannabis as a prohibited substance. This review will take place in 2022 and will be conducted by the WADA Advisory Panel of Experts on Prohibited Lists.

Until then, cannabis will be banned from competition. The changes will take place no earlier than 2022 after the completion of the audit.

In 2011, WADA published an article which said marijuana was banned because cannabis “could potentially endanger athletes and others due to increased risk, slower reaction times, and poor executive function or decision making.” WADA also believes that cannabis can “enhance the performance” of athletes.

However, a 2018 study published in the Clinical Journal of Sports Medicine found that “there is no direct evidence for an impact on athletic performance in athletes.”

Richardson used marijuana in Oregon, a state where the substance is legal, after learning of the death of her biological mother. It was just a few weeks before the start of the Tokyo Olympics.


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