Olympic sprinter Sha’Carri Richardon reported on Thursday that her hopes of winning the Olympic 100m gold medal this summer may be dashed Marijuana tested positive.
Tyler Long of the Cincinnati Enquirer Reports say Richardson faces a 30-day suspension, Which means that she will not be able to participate in the 100m race in Tokyo, because the final is scheduled to be held on July 31. However, Long pointed out that Richardson may participate in the 4×100 relay. The final of the event is scheduled to be held on August 6.
After reports of Richardson suspension spread on the Internet, many commentators began to wonder why Michael Phelps was able to participate in the Olympics because he leaked a photo of smoky marijuana that he confirmed to be real in 2009.
The following is a comparison between Richardson’s situation and Phelps:
Is Michael Phelps banned for smoking marijuana?
According to reports, Richardson faces a 30-day suspension for testing positive for marijuana. Phelps’ punishment was much more severe after the photo was leaked.
The American Swimming Team suspended Phelps for three months and said it would withdraw financial support for him.
However, the consequences of Phelps’ suspension are not just the inability to compete. Kellogg announced that he would not renew the expiring sponsorship agreement with Phelps.
Another major difference between Richardson and Phelps is time.
Phelps was suspended in February 2009, six months after the 2008 Olympics and five months before the 2009 World Championships. If Richardson is suspended, the ban will take effect less than a month before the opening of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
In addition to the possible suspension, Richardson’s 10.86 seconds in the Olympic trials will also be erased. New York Times And many other media reported on Thursday. Phelps was not hit at any time because he had never tested positive for marijuana, and photos of him being shot from a pipe after the Olympics came out.
What is the Olympic policy regarding cannabis?
According to the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, Cannabis is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency, a foundation created by the International Olympic Committee, in competitions “unless athletes are exempted from approved therapeutic use.” The use of the drug may result in “violation of anti-doping rules and sanctions.” Cannabis is considered a health risk, a performance-enhancing substance, and violates the “sportsmanship.” USADA complies with WADA’s World Anti-Doping Regulations.
The US Anti-Doping Agency pointed out that athletes can contain marijuana in their bodies during the test, but the amount cannot exceed 150 nanograms per milliliter (ng/mL). The agency also pointed out that it may take weeks or months for marijuana to leave the athlete’s body, and athletes should consult a doctor about the time between the last use of marijuana and the date of the competition.
List of World Anti-Doping Agency Cannabis and marijuana are prohibited forms of cannabinoids, while noting that cannabidiol is an exception.
According to WADA regulations, athletes can be suspended for up to two years if they test positive for marijuana.According to November 2020 Advice for athletes from the US Anti-Doping AgencyIf the athlete “can determine that the abuse of drugs is outside the competition and has nothing to do with athletic performance,” and “if the athlete successfully completes the drug abuse program approved by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency, the minimum suspension period is 30 days.”