× Sports Football Rugby Olympics Volleyball and Handball Cricket Boxing Golf Hockey Tennis Gossip & Rumours World Cup 2018 Basketball Athletics Sports Premier League Eliud Kipchoge Women in Sports Unique Sports Opinion Motorsport Videos Podcasts E-Paper Lifestyle & Entertainment Nairobian Entertainment Eve Woman Travelog TV Stations KTN Home KTN News BTV KTN Farmers TV Radio Stations Radio Maisha Spice FM Vybez Radio Enterprise VAS E-Learning Digger Classified Jobs Games Crosswords Sudoku The Standard Group Corporate Contact Us Rate Card Vacancies DCX O.M Portal Corporate Email RMS
×
SPORTS

Cannabis rules in sport should be reviewed- World Athletics chief

ATHLETICS By Reuters | July 27th 2021
Britain's Sebastian Coe addresses the media following his re-election unopposed as president of the IAAF for a second term in the Qatari capital Doha on September 25, 2019. [Giuseppe CACACE, AFP]

The rules on the use of cannabis by athletes should be reviewed, World Athletics President Sebastian Coe has said, after rising track and field star Sha'Carri Richardson will miss the Tokyo Games following a positive test for the substance.

The sprinter, aiming to become the first American in 25 years to win the women's 100m Olympic title after Marion Jones was stripped of the 2000 gold, tested positive for cannabis last month at the U.S. Olympic Track & Field trials after streaking to victory in the 100m.

She was hit with a one-month ban and had her trials results annulled, ruling her out of the Tokyo Games. Richardson said at the time her action came while she was dealing with the news of the death of her mother. She also took the drug in Oregon, where its use is legal.

"It should be," Coe told a small group of reporters on Tuesday when asked if the rule should be reviewd. "It is sensible, as nothing is set in tablets of stone."

"You adapt and occasionally reassess. The Athletics Integrity Unit is absolutely the best organisation to look at this," said Coe, a former double Olympic 1500m champion.

"I have spoken to (AIU chairman) David Howman about that. The AIU will look at this in the light of current circumstances."

Richardson's suspension sparked an outpouring of sympathy, including from President Joe Biden, and calls for a review of anti-doping rules. The Games, however, 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 prove that ingestion is unrelated to performance, then receive a shorter ban than the usual two or four years for other banned substances.

"I am sorry for her," Coe said. "That we have lost an outstanding talent."

"It is not unreasonable to have a review on it. She will bounce back. It is a loss to the competition."

Share this story
Japan's Naomi Osaka shocked in Tokyo Olympics third round
Japan's great hope for tennis gold Naomi Osaka has been beaten in the third round of the Tokyo 2020 Olympic tennis singles tournament.
Kenyans: Spare our Olympians from Internet trolling
It’s so big, the Olympic Games. You have to be there 100 per cent. The past few days has been a roller coaster of emotions for Kenyan Olympians.
.
RECOMMENDED NEWS
Feedback