The debate over cannabis use by athletes was reignited after American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson
examined constructive for the drug final month on the U.S. Olympic Track & Field trials.
The 21-year-old, who was seen as the highest contender for the 100 metres gold on the July 23-Aug. 8 Tokyo Games, received a one-month ban,
making her ineligible for the U.S. staff.
Richardson mentioned in an NBC Interview that her motion got here whereas she was coping with the information of the loss of life of her mom.
The suspension sparked an outpouring of sympathy, together with from President Joe Biden,
and calls for a evaluation of anti-doping rules from the White House in keeping with the Financial Times.
The White House didn’t reply to a request for remark.
USADA has for over a decade taken a tough line on cannabis use by athletes, insisting it stays on the prohibited listing.