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Sport Doping-WADA to review cannabis ban for athletes

05:15  15 september  2021
05:15  15 september  2021 Source:   reuters.com

WADA to review cannabis' status as banned substance in wake of Sha'Carri Richardson's Olympic ban

  WADA to review cannabis' status as banned substance in wake of Sha'Carri Richardson's Olympic ban Just months after U.S. 100-meter champion Sha'Carri Richardson lost her spot at the Tokyo Olympics because of a positive cannabis test, the World Anti-Doping Agency made plans to review the drug's status as a banned substance. WADA announced on Tuesday that an advisory group will conduct a scientific study to review whether marijuana should remain banned. "Following receipt of requests from a number of stakeholders, the (executive committee) endorsed the decision of the List Expert Advisory Group to initiate in 2022 a scientific review of the status of cannabis," a WADA statement reads, per AFP.

The World Anti- Doping Agency ( WADA ) said Tuesday it will review the status of cannabis on its banned substances list in the wake of the positive test that saw US sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson suspended from the Olympics. Following a meeting of WADA 's executive committee in Istanbul, the global anti- doping watchdog said a scientific review of cannabis would be conducted next year -- although the drug would Her case triggered debate about marijuana's continued inclusion on WADA 's banned list, with celebrities and fellow athletes criticising the rule as outdated and unnecessary.

The World Anti- Doping Agency ( WADA ) is planning a serious shake up of the international drug code. The issue will be raised after Wednesday’s statement from the coalition of Australian sporting bodies, which said cannabis can’t be put on a par with human growth hormone or anabolic steroids and that the drug code must be reviewed . At the moment, a substance appears on the WADA banned list if it meets the following criteria: it’s proven to be performance enhancing, it goes against the spirit of sport, or it’s dangerous to the health of athletes .Marijuana qualifies as a forbidden drug under current rules

(Reuters) - An advisory group to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will review whether cannabis should remain a banned substance, a move that comes after American track and field star Sha'Carri Richardson missed the Tokyo Games after testing positive for it.

a person standing in front of a building: FILE PHOTO: A woman walks into the head offices of WADA in Montreal © Reuters/Christinne Muschi FILE PHOTO: A woman walks into the head offices of WADA in Montreal

The scientific review will be initiated next year, WADA said on Tuesday. Cannabis is currently prohibited in competition and will continue to be in 2022, it added.

Richardson tested positive for a chemical found in cannabis during the U.S. Olympic Track & Field trials in June, which wiped out her trial results. She was also hit with a one-month suspension.

The 21-year-old, who had been seen as a top contender in the 100 metres, has said she used cannabis to help cope with the death of her mother.

The suspension sparked an outpouring of sympathy and calls for a review of anti-doping rules, including by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; editing by Richard Pullin)

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