Anti-doping authorities may allow athletes to smoke pot. Is that really a good idea? Are sports going to pot?
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is planning a serious shake up of the international drug code.
Up in the smoke; the ban on marijuana use in sports may soon be lifted, where itís not proven to be a performance enhancer. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is planning a serious shake up of the international drug code.
≠The issue will be raised after Wednesdayís statement from the coalition of Australian sporting bodies, which said cannabis canít be put on a par with human growth hormone or anabolic steroids and that the drug code must be reviewed.
At the moment, a substance appears on the WADA banned list if it meets the following criteria: itís proven to be performance enhancing, it goes against the spirit of sport, or itís dangerous to the health of athletes.
Marijuana qualifies as a forbidden drug under current rules, with sportsmen getting two-year bans if itís found in their system, but the situation may soon change.
"There are those who believe our current criteria needs to be amended and that will be given appropriate consideration through this review process,Ē John Fahey, WADA President, told The Guardian newspaper. "Specifically to cannabis, I can only say to those, particularly in the football codes who have expressed concern that we're focusing on an area that really isn't about cheating in sport, I urge them to put a request up to WADA, which will be given to our list committee, who will examine it.Ē
"I won't express a view I'll simply say it will be thoroughly examined. There are some substances today that are banned in some sports, but not in others. That may well be an option they [the WADA banned-list committee] may wish to come to the board with in due course. But I won't pre-empt that, I'll let them decide without any influence from me," he added.
It is widely acknowledged that cannabis doesnít give any advantage in fast-paced sports, but may prove helpful in disciplines like pistol shooting or golf where a steady hand is needed.
Weed-loving athletes will have to wait till November 2013 when WADAís new code will be settled.
Kiwipete says: Marijuana/cannabis may not be a performance enhancing drug as such, but it is probably the most insidious drug around because it undermines ambition and determination to succeed.
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