By Karolos Grohmann
TOKYO, Jul 27 (Reuters) – Rules on cannabis use by athletes need to be revised, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe said on Tuesday after track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson left. will lose the Tokyo Games after a positive test for the substance.
The sprinter, aiming to become the first American in 25 years to win the women’s 100-meter Olympic title after Marion Jones was stripped of gold in 2000, tested positive for cannabis last month in track tests. and the United States Olympic field after winning the 100-meter event.
She was punished with a month-long ban and her test results were annulled, ruling her out of the Tokyo Games. Richardson said that at the time his action occurred while he was dealing with the news of his mother’s death.
He also took the drug in Oregon, where its use is legal.
“It should be. It’s sensible, since nothing is written on tablets of stone,” Coe told a group of reporters on Tuesday when asked if the rule should be revised.
“You adapt and occasionally reevaluate, the Athletics Integrity Unit is absolutely the best organization to see this,” added the former double Olympic champion in the 1,500-meter event.
Richardson’s suspension drew a great deal of sympathy, including from US President Joe Biden, and he called for a review of the anti-doping rules.
However, the Games will take place without one of the biggest young names in athletics.
Cannabis is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), but if athletes can show that ingestion is not performance-related, they will receive a shorter ban than the usual two to four years for other banned substances.
“I am sorry for her, we have lost outstanding talent, she will recover, it is a loss for the competition. It is not unreasonable to have a review,” Coe said. (Edited in Spanish by Carlos Calvo Pacheco)