Jul 27, 2021 - Sports

World Athletics president supports reviewing marijuana rules in doping

Sha'Carri Richardson looks on after winning the Women's 100 Meter final on day 2 of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 19, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon
Sha'Carri Richardson looks on after winning the Women's 100 Meter final at the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials. Photo: Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The president of the international track body World Athletics said Tuesday that he supports a review of marijuana's status as a doping substance after American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was banned ahead of the Tokyo Olympics, AP reports.

Driving the news: Sebastian Coe said that Richardson's absence is "a loss to the competition" and that a review is now sensible and "it should be" done, per AP.

  • "Nothing is set in tablets of stone,” Coe said. "You adapt and occasionally reassess."

Flashback: Richardson, who was set to be one of the faces of Team USA in Tokyo, accepted a one-month suspension after testing positive for marijuana earlier this month.

The big picture: The threshold for what constitutes a positive marijuana test was relaxed after the 2012 London Olympics to make sure that tests discovered in-person use and not smoking days ahead of the competition, per AP.

  • “It’s not an unreasonable moment to have a review of it,” Coe said. “The AIU will look at this in the light of current circumstances.”
  • WADA updates the prohibited list each year and change could be in place for the 2022 season.

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