JACKSONVILLE, Florida., July 3, 2021 / PRNewswire-PRWeb / – Athletes for CARE (“A4C”), a nonprofit advocating the eradication of stigma and punitive action against cannabis use in sports, announces its unequivocal support for Sha’Carri Richardson following her recent suspension from the competition and again urges WADA and USADA to repeal antiquated penalties against athletes who use cannabis.
Sha’Carri’s month-long suspension from cannabis use immediately destroys her ability to compete 100m Race at the Tokyo Olympics where she was expecting a medal. The time of the ban keeps the possibility open that she will compete in the 4x100m relay, but is dependent on being selected by United States Athletics as one of two alternative runners.
Joanna Pointer, Olympic champion, former triathlon world champion and A4C athlete ambassador, comments: “THC is a tricky ingredient for two reasons. First, from an anti-doping perspective, THC is a threshold drug that can only be used outside of competition; THC can be found in the blood up to a certain level before a positive result is triggered. It is not known how much THC must be consumed to reach this threshold, and that amount is likely to vary from person to person. This makes dosing incredibly difficult, especially for athletes who use cannabis to treat illness. “She continues,” A study of self-identified community-based athletes found that 70% of current cannabis users slept better, 54% had less anxiety, and 58% stated that cannabis calmed them, “particularly relevant given Sha’Carri’s mental state during the qualifiers in Oregon.
Anna Symonds, A4C Athlete Ambassador and longtime cannabis advocate, remarked, “It is an unfair and nonsensical rule that has led to this injustice. no real medical data. If these rules were really about the “health of athletes,” then alcohol (a much more harmful substance) would be banned in competition too – but it isn’t. “She continues,” It’s heartbreaking to see this electric one Jungstar is taking this unique opportunity. Cannabis does not meet WADA’s own criteria for a banned substance and it should simply not be banned or tested at all. “
Marvin Washington, A4C co-founder and former NFL athlete, says, “WADA allows CBD but not THC – the same plant – and no performance enhancing substance. Let them go. “
Elias Theodorou, A4C Athlete Ambassador and UFC Veteran, states, “My path to obtaining a Therapeutic Use Exemption (“ TUE ”) for medical cannabis in North America was the toughest fight of my life. Athletes shouldn’t have to jump through hoops to consume a non-performance enhancing herb that is legal in many jurisdictions. “Theodorou was recently the first professional athlete to receive a TUE to compete in the state Colorado.
A4C welcomes all athletes to advocate advocacy at Athletes for CARE and to sign the petition to WADA.
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