AMA upholds marijuana ban; added to tramadol | Sports

GENEVA (AP) — Marijuana use will remain banned at sporting events after the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) refused Friday to change its status on the list of banned substances.

The agency was asked to review the status of THC — the psychoactive ingredient in cannabis — after the case of American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, who was banned from the Tokyo Olympics last year. The athlete herself served a one-month suspension after failing a doping test during the national qualifiers where she was crowned in the 100 meters. The sprinter revealed that she had smoked marijuana as a way to cope with the death of her mother.

In a separate decision, the opioid tramadol will now be banned from January 2024, the WADA executive committee decided at a meeting in Sydney, Australia.

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