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WADA says a scientific review to determine whether cannabis should remain a banned substance will be launched next year; American athletics star Sha’Carri Richardson missed Tokyo Games after testing positive for chemical found in cannabis

Last update: 09/15/21 6:54 am

Sha’Carri Richardson missed the Olympics after testing positive for cannabis

A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) advisory group will consider whether cannabis should remain a banned substance.

It comes after American athletics star Sha’Carri Richardson missed the Tokyo Games after testing positive.

The scientific review will be launched next year, WADA said on Tuesday.

Cannabis is currently banned in competition and will continue to be so in 2022, he added.

Richardson tested positive for a chemical found in cannabis during the Olympic track and field trials in the United States in June, devastating the results of his trials.

She was also sentenced to a month’s suspension.

The 21-year-old, who had been considered one of the top contenders in the 100m, said she used cannabis to cope with the death of her mother.

The suspension has sparked sympathy and calls for a review of anti-doping rules, including by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

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