I was completely flabbergasted to hear about the suspension of the fastest US sprinter, Sha’Carri Richardson (10.75 in the 100m!), from the Olympic Games in Tokyo for smoking marijuana. In a US State where such smoking is legal… It happens that marijuana is on the World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) list of prohibited substances. And that one of the reasons is that its “use violates the spirit of the sport”, which sounds particularly absurd. And sooo patronising, when the WADA mentions that it is not “consistent with the athlete as a role model for young people around the world.” Considering that alcohol, caffeine, tobacco are not prohibited at all… (Plus, it is quite dubious that marijuana would have a positive impact on running performances.) A few days later, I found out that in 2001 the legendary Chris Sharma had been disqualified from the bouldering World Cup after testing positive for THC….

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