The marijuana ban, and other questionable rules Olympic athletes have to follow

Sha’Carri Richardson may lose her Olympic spot after testing positive for cannabis

Stars Insider

02/07/21 | StarsInsider

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Some of the rules that Olympic athletes have to follow make no sense. Where other sporting organizations encourage athletes to publicize their events on social media, the International Olympic Committee discourages it. In fact, technology hasn't been incorporated into the Olympics in many ways. The organization still relies on fax machines!

One rule that has been debated for decades is the ban on cannabis use. Naturally, an athlete can't be high during a competition, but the use of cannabis outside of sporting events has been permitted by the Olympics since 2014. Athletes can have a certain amount of the substance in their blood when they get tested for doping, but if it's over the limit, then they risk disqualification or a three month ban. 

Reports say that American sprint star Sha’Carri Richardson tested positive for cannabis at the Olympic trials and may now lose her chance to compete in the 100 meter sprint at the Olympics. Richardson was a hot favorite and is being called the most exciting sprinter since Usain Bolt, so the news is hugely disappointing. The regulations around cannabis are iffy, as the Anti-Doping Agency has three criteria for banning a drug: Performance enhancement, danger to an athlete's health, and violation of the spirit of sport. Cannabis certainly doesn't enhance the performance of a sprinter or endanger their health, and it seems archaic to suggest cannabis use outside of competitions violates the spirit of the sport. It's unclear what will happen to Richardson now, but the world is watching and her case is likely to set a standard for the future. 

Click through this gallery to discover some of the most bizarre rules in the Olympics.

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