Marijuana remains on the banned stimulant list; Added opium tramadol

GENEVA (AFP) – Marijuana will remain banned in sporting events after the World Anti-Doping Agency on Friday rejected calls to change its status on the banned substances list.

The agency has been asked to review the case for THC – the psychoactive component in cannabis – following the case of American sprinter Shakari Richardson, who did not go to the Tokyo Olympics last year. She served a one-month ban after testing positive at the National Trials meeting where she won the 100m. The runner said she smoked marijuana as a way to deal with her mother’s death.

In a separate decision, the opioid tramadol will now be banned when athletes compete from January 2024, the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Executive Committee decided at a meeting in Sydney, Australia.

The agency said athletes using cannabis were consulted by experts appointed by the World Anti-Doping Agency, whose conclusions were that it “contradicts the spirit of sport”.

Positive THC tests at races and events, albeit not in training, can continue to enforce the ban for up to one month.

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