The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) announced on Tuesday that it would reconsider the listing of the cannabis on the list of banned substances, a few months after the suspension of Sha’Carri Richardson, depriving the star American sprinter of the Olympic Games in Tokyo.
Cannabis will be scientifically reviewed next year, but the drug will remain banned for 2022 no matter what, WADA’s executive committee said after meeting in Istanbul. .
“After receiving requests from a number of stakeholders, the [comité exécutif] endorsed the decision of the List’s Expert Advisory Group to initiate a scientific review of the status of cannabis in 2022, ”WADA said in a statement.
“Cannabis is currently banned in competition and will continue to be so in 2022,” she added.
Mme Richardson was to be one of the headliners of the Tokyo Olympics after several dazzling 100-meter performances at the start of the season.
But the 21-year-old sprinter was denied the Games due to a 30-day suspension following testing positive for marijuana at the U.S. Olympic trials in June.
His case opened a debate about the presence of marijuana on WADA’s list of banned products. Many celebrities, athletes and politicians have lambasted a rule that they consider outdated and unnecessary.
The boss of the International Athletics Federation, Sebastian Coe, has also called for a review of the status of cannabis.
“It is not unreasonable today to have a review,” he said during the Olympics in July. “It makes sense, nothing is written in stone. We adapt and re-evaluate from time to time. “