CM – Sha’Carri Richardson Ban: Olympics are tougher for marijuana than professional sports


Shortly after winning the Oregon Olympics last month, she tested positive for chemicals in marijuana.

Published: July 03, 2021 10:23 AM |

Last updated: July 03, 2021 10:23 AM

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Sha’Carri Richardson waves after winning the women’s 100 meters at the U.S. Olympic Athletics Trials on Saturday June 19, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo | AP)

WASHINGTON: Although professional leagues are slowly adjusting to the reality that marijuana is not a performance-enhancing drug, it remains firmly on the banned Olympic sports list.

Shortly after they graduated from the Olympic trials last month in Oregon, she tested positive for chemicals in marijuana.

Although it was recognized that the drug was not used for performance enhancement purposes, Richardson still had her results deleted and was banned for a month.

A. : According to the US Anti-Doping Agency “to be included on the Prohibited List, it must meet two of the three inclusion criteria: a) it poses a health risk to athletes b) it has the potential to improve performance and c) it violates the spirit of the sport. « 

Although WADA raised the threshold for a positive test, it did not remove marijuana from the list as it still claims that the drug may have at least two i met the above criteria.

Also according to USADA: The World Anti-Doping Code 2021 re-classifies THC as a “substance of abuse” because it is often used in society outside of sport.

A: All leagues have eased their restrictions on marijuana a lot over the past few years. For example, the NFL has raised the threshold for a positive test and abolished suspensions. And the NBA stopped random testing for marijuana in March 2020. These changes came as laws banning marijuana use in the US and around the world were relaxed and studies linking marijuana with medicinal and pain relieving benefits became more common.

A: Not long after At the Olympic Games in London in 2012, international regulators raised the threshold for a positive test from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 150 ng / m. They stated that the new threshold is an attempt to ensure that use is detected during the competition, but not use in the days and weeks prior to the competition. The penalty for a positive test if an athlete can determine that the drug was not used to improve performance is three months. This can be shortened to one month if the athlete completes the consultation.

Q: If Richardson’s suspension is 30 days and ends on July 27th, why can’t she compete in the Olympic 100, which is on July 30th

A: Because her first place in tests, which earned her the place, was removed from the record books because of the positive test.

A: Because her suspension ends before the start of the women’s 4×100 relay there is a possibility that she will be called to the team.

But the relay pool will likely be filled by athletes who have a result from the tests.

Richardson has no result officially, so it might be some require legal disputes or other athletes’ collaboration to join the team.

A: Although athletes have the right to appeal positive tests, two people familiar with the case told The Associated Press that Richardson do not contest your case.

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