An advisory group to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will review whether cannabis should remain a banned substance, a step that comes after US athletics star Sha’Carri Richardson missed the Tokyo Games after testing positive for it.
The scientific review will begin next year, WADA said Tuesday. Cannabis is currently banned in competition and will remain in 2022, it added.
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Richardson tested positive for a chemical found in cannabis during the U.S. Olympic Athletics Trials in June, wiping out her trial results. She was also hit with a one-month suspension.
The 21-year-old, who had been seen as a top competitor in the 100 meters, has said she used cannabis to cope with her mother’s death.
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The suspension sparked sympathy and called for a review of anti-doping rules, including by the US Anti-Doping Agency.
(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; editing by Richard Pullin)