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World Anti-Doping Agency to review cannabis ban for athletes


A World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) advisory group to examine whether cannabis should remain a banned substance, a decision that comes after US athletics star Sha’Carri Richardson missed the Tokyo Games after testing positive .

The scientific review will be launched next year, WADA said on Tuesday. Cannabis is currently banned in competition and will continue to be so in 2022, he added.

Richardson tested positive for a chemical found in cannabis during the Olympic track and field trials in the United States in June, devastating the results of his trials. She was also given a one-month suspension.

The 21-year-old, who had been considered one of the top contenders in the 100 meters, said she used cannabis to cope with the death of her mother.

The suspension has sparked sympathy and calls for a review of anti-doping rules, including by the US Anti-Doping Agency.

(Reporting by Rory Carroll in Los Angeles; editing by Richard Pullin)

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