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WADA says a scientific review into whether cannabis should remain a banned substance will be initiated next year; American track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson missed the Tokyo Games after testing positive for a chemical found in cannabis

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

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

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

An advisory group to the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) will review whether cannabis should remain a banned substance.

It comes after American track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson missed the Tokyo Games after testing positive for it.

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

Cannabis is currently prohibited in competition and will continue to be in 2022, it added.

Richardson tested positive for a chemical found in cannabis during the US Olympic Track & Field trials in June, which wiped out her trial results.

She was also given a one-month suspension.

The 21-year-old, who had been seen as a top contender in the 100m, has said she used cannabis to help cope with the death of her mother.

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





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