The World Anti-Doping Agency WADA will investigate whether cannabis should still be on the list of banned products. The organization makes that decision after American top sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson had to miss the Olympics this summer due to a positive control of the product.
Next year cannabis will be subject to scientific research. The WADA executive committee, meeting in Istanbul, stressed in a statement that cannabis will remain banned in 2022 anyway.
Richardson, 21, should have become one of the stars of the sprint in Tokyo, but she was suspended for 30 days after testing positive during the American trials at the end of June. As a result, she had to make a cross about her Olympic ambitions.
Her case opened up the debate over the presence of marijuana on the list of banned products. Sebastian Coe, president of the International Athletics Federation, among others, launched a call to review the status of cannabis.
“I think it’s an opportune time to review the status,” Coe said during the Games. “Nothing is set in stone. Every now and then you adapt and re-evaluate.”