Twitter Explodes After World Anti-Doping Agency Says It Will Review Ban of Cannabis at Olympics
The athlete later revealed that she had used marijuana in order to cope with the loss of her biological mother, who passed away a month before the Tokyo Games.
"I apologise for the fact that I didn't even know how to control my emotions or deal with that during that time. Don't judge me, because I am human, I just happen to run a little faster. I greatly apologise if I let you guys down - and I did. This will be the last time the US comes home without a gold in the 100m", the 21-year-old said.
The subsequent ban prevented Richards, a top contender in win women’s 100 metres, from taking part in the competition at Tokyo Games. She would have competed in in the women's 4 × 100 relay, but was not included in the team by US coaches. Her suspension received widespread criticism both from individuals, organizations and even US Congressmen.
Critics pointed out that the 21-year-old had taken cannabis in Oregon, where the use of marijuana is allowed both for recreational and medicinal use. However, US Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) had to implement the ban, as being the signatory to the WADA code, it is required to follow the agency’s rules.
WADA’s Potential Decision May Open Pandora’s Box
Ionnidis argues that by permitting the use of cannabis for athletes, WADA will violate the basic premises of its code - to protect athletes' health.
"If such proposal could be implemented, it would open Pandora’s box and it would most certainly present WADA with several legal and ethical issues. Notwithstanding the fact that regular or heavy use of cannabis may create addiction, it may also increase the risk of developing a psychotic illness such as schizophrenia".
"There are obviously other risks too such feeling wheezy or out of breath, developing a painful cough and making symptoms of asthma worse. In addition, if such proposal were to be implemented, it may cause friction and possible legal challenges against WADA, as the performance enhancement effects on some sports, may destroy the level playing field, which is another premise upon which the WADA Code operates", he said.
Public is Divided
Wada back to stone age.— Tongtinok Longchari (@ratcull) September 15, 2021
Should remain banned in life.— Roger Neville (@RogerNeville10) September 15, 2021
Unless it is legal in all countries it cannot be acceptable in a professional sport. It would encourage the drug to be taken illegally!— Reece Harvey (@Reece22Harvey) September 15, 2021
To allow maijuana would promote it, whereas sports by default should promote a healthy lifestyle. She tested positive not for CBD but THC. Which is an illegal drug, not a clinical or medical necessity.— Paul Goddard (@Paul_ID_Goddard) September 15, 2021
Its used to mask other stuff so keep it banned. These are full time athletes— Pockmark (@chunkylover2002) September 15, 2021
Even if it was legal, she would have got smoked at the Olympics. Pun intended.— Las Vegas Raiders (@LVRaiders365) September 15, 2021
It should because no matter what the science says Richardson has never run that fast since 😂— PMLEGEND™ Esq.🇯🇲 👨🏾⚖️🌹 🅴 (@PMLEGEND) September 15, 2021
Those who want to use weed can stay at home— Ashish 🏳️🌈 (@AshishXC) September 15, 2021
Sports should endorse natural Exercise, diet etc
Last time I tried it I could barely get out my chair let alone win a race. I did eventually manage to eat half a loaf of dry white bread. I can't see any of these things giving an advantage.— DanHasBeen (@DanHasBeen) September 15, 2021
I say let them take steroids and other drugs, it will be hilarious watching people run sub-5 second 100m sprints and lift 2000lb in weight-lifting and throw javelin/discus for 2-3 miles! We could call it the "roid games"— Name Cannot Be Blank, why not?? (@michael87475764) September 15, 2021
We should have am Olympic games where everyone is drugged out their nut. It'll be a much more entertaining show— ross (@ross_fearn) September 15, 2021