Olympic sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson’s hopes of profitable an Olympic gold medal within the 100 meters this summer time are gone after she examined optimistic for marijuana.
Richardson is dealing with a 30-day suspension for her optimistic take a look at. She is not going to compete within the 100 in Tokyo, which is scheduled for July 31. There was some hope that Richardson would possibly be capable to compete within the 4×100 relay, which is set for Aug. 6, as her suspension will probably be up by then.
However, her optimistic take a look at disqualified her profitable time within the U.S. trials, so she is not going to take part within the 100.
After the studies of Richardson’s suspension went on-line, many commenters started questioning why Michael Phelps was in a position to compete within the Olympics after a photograph of him smoking weed from a bong, which he confirmed was genuine, leaked in 2009.
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This is how Richardson’s scenario compares to Phelps’:
Was Michael Phelps suspended for smoking weed?
Richardson is dealing with a 30-day suspension for testing optimistic for marijuana. Phelps’ penalty after the photograph leaked was a lot stiffer.
USA Swimming suspended Phelps from competitors for 3 months and mentioned that it will withdraw its monetary help of him.
The fallout from Phelps’ suspension included extra than simply an lack of ability to compete, although. Kellogg introduced that it will not renew its expiring sponsorship take care of Phelps.
One different main distinction between the Richardson and Phelps circumstances is the timing.
Phelps was suspended in February 2009, six months after the 2008 Olympics and 5 months earlier than the 2009 World Championships. Richardson’s suspension goes into impact lower than a month earlier than the beginning of the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
One other distinction between the 2 conditions was Richardson injested marijuana in a state (Oregon) the place it’s authorized, whereas when the Phelps picture got here out, non-medical use of marijuana was unlawful nationwide, though that doesn’t seem to issue into the penalty.
Along with the suspension, Richardson’s 10.86-second time on the Olympic trials is worn out, The New York Occasions and a number of different retailers reported Thursday. That robotically makes her ineligible from competing within the 100-meter race, as the highest three finishers advance to the Olympics. None of Phelps’ instances have been stricken as a result of he by no means examined optimistic for marijuana and the photograph of him taking hits from the bong got here out after the Olympics.
What’s the Olympic coverage on hashish?
Based on the U.S. Anti-Doping Company, marijuana is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Company, a basis created by the Worldwide Olympic Committee, in-competition “unless an athlete has an approved Therapeutic Use Exemption.” Use of the drug can lead to an “anti-doping rule violation and sanction.” Marijuana is taken into account a well being danger, a performance-enhancing substance and a violation of the “spirit of the sport.” USADA adheres to WADA’s World Anti-Doping Code.
USADA states that an athlete can have hashish of their system on the time of testing however that the quantity can not exceed 150 nanograms per millileter (ng/mL). The company additionally notes that it might take weeks or months for hashish to go away an athlete’s system and that athletes ought to seek the advice of a physician a couple of clearance time between the final utilization of hashish and the date of competitors.
WADA lists cannabis and marijuana as prohibited types of cannabinoids whereas noting that cannabidiol is an exception.
Athletes might be suspended for as much as two years beneath the WADA code for testing optimistic for marijuana. Based on a November 2020 USADA advisory to athletes, the minimal suspension is 30 days if an athlete “can establish that the use of a substance of abuse was out-of-competition and unrelated to sport performance” and “if the athlete successfully completes a substance abuse program that is approved by USADA.”