WADA might allow sportsmen to use cannabis

13:28, 15 September 2021
WADA might allow sportsmen to use cannabis

The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) might reconsider the status of cannabis which is a banned substance to date. If the ban is removed, the sportsmen will be able officially to use it.

A WADA statement reported the cannabis will remain banned until 2022 and then the status of the drug can be changed.

"Following receipt of requests from several 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," WADA said in a statement.

To recap, the last notorious incident happened this summer. The 21-year-old  American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was disqualified for a month in June due to a positive cannabis test.

Richardson was forced to miss the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 where she was considered the main favorite at 100 and 200 meters-sprint. Her tests were taken in Oregon where cannabis is legal. 

Richardson said, that she used drugs to cope with her mother's death. Richardson tweets: ”I am human”.

Later, she apologized for her behavior and expressed hope to go to the next Olympics.

Richardson’s incident caused extensive discussions about marijuana's status on WADA's list as many celebrities and athletes slam the rule as obsolete and pointless.