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Sebastian Coe backs reviewing marijuana rules in doping

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Sebastian Coe wants to ensure what happened this month to American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson won't knock another athlete out of the Olympics in the future.

Simple, don't take illegal drugs.

-19 ( +10 / -29 )

Tokyo-m. Very naive and simplistic comment for the sheep and PC masses. Legality has nothing to do with performance enhancement. WADA are not there to uphold societies laws. They are not police, judge and jury.

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Every athlete knows that cannabis will severely limit their athletic ability and not enhance it. So, having cannabis on an Olympic banned substance list is just virtue signalling to the whisky swilling, cigar smoking right wing politicians that unfortunately have a lethal grip over our societies laws.

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Dope always enhanced my abilities. I think it should be banned just as alcohol should be as well especially from the Olympic Tiny Village.

-10 ( +3 / -13 )

Be adult enough to Follow the rules and you don’t have this problem.

-14 ( +6 / -20 )

Dope never enhances anyone abilities unless you include the race to the cookie jar. Cannabis/marijuana are legal in some places.

9 ( +15 / -6 )

A rule applies until the rule changes, then a new rule applies. What is bad today might be ok tomorrow.

‘if a rule changes and you continue to follow the old rule, that’s ok but do you apply the same seriousness to the new rule?

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Of course I feel sorry that her mother died but does anyone really think that getting stoned with marijuana would help her grieve her dead mother???

That's what tequila and whiskey are for.

-3 ( +8 / -11 )

Cannabis/marijuana are legal in some places.

Not in Japan.

Who does this "Lord" Coe think he is? Every time he opens his mouth, controversy ensues.

-10 ( +5 / -15 )

I'd love to see how a stoned athlete competes.

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Who does this "Lord" Coe think he is? Every time he opens his mouth, controversy ensues.

He’s a Tory (conservative) politician and nobody likes him.

I think he’s almost as unpopular as Piers Morgan, and that is quite an achievement.

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I've used both steroids and weed before, and I can tell you that only one of those enhanced my athletic abilities.

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I remember this bloke bad mouthing all drug users. So now Coe has a change of heart ( If he got one ) will Coe stick up for the Australian horseman done for coke use. Both drugs are rec drugs not performance drugs. So Coe will have to make a stance for coke user? You can not pick and choose you rec drug users. What a fool. he should just leave it alone and get back under his rock.

-2 ( +5 / -7 )

Pukey2 you probably have seen stoned athletes compete, in fact at least one of them won a gold medal! It was stripped of course after. But the fact remains the silver medallist lost to a better stoned athlete.

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Be adult enough to Follow the rules and you don’t have this problem.

‘And if the rule is wrong? I’d say be adult enough to make your own choice. Segregation, prohibition? They were rules.

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Richardson, who won the 100 meters at the U.S. trials last month, didn't travel to Japan for the Tokyo Games after being caught smoking marijuana.

LOL! Where? In her car? In the Ladies? Testing an athlete for cannabis is ludicrous, but it's no laughing matter for the tens of thousands of poor people around the world who are brutally banged up in jail or executed by alcohol-swilling hypocrites. Turning a blind eye to the traces of cannabis in Richardson's blood would have required Solomonic wisdom it seems.

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Any step to take Cannabis/Marijuana out of the loop where sport is concerned, in the manner of how a competitor conducts their private life is a debatable point.

Between childhood and adult age we all have our heroes.

Do we as a society, as a community find it acceptable to view/ promote our sporting greats can relieve stress, anguish, anxiety by toting a spliff?

-2 ( +1 / -3 )

Simple, don't take illegal drugs.

Heaps of legal drugs are banned too. Propanolol, a drug commonly prescribed to combat stage fright is, as far as I know, banned from the Olympics because of the advantage it would give sports like archery and shooting.

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If marijuana is legal in the athlete's country then they should be allowed to use it.

If it's illegal it should be up to the police to enforce the law.

The sporting bodies should not be testing for it if it isn't performance-enhancing. There must be hundreds of chemicals, drugs etc they consider to be not performance-enhancing that they aren't testing for, add marijuana to the list.

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Simple, don't take illegal drugs.

Were they illegal where she took them? She's American, and cannabis is legal in many US states.

Coe, the president of international track body World Athletics, said Tuesday the absence of the 21-year-old Richardson is "a loss to the competition"

That's right. No one will know if the gold medal winner really was the best, or just won because the best dared ingest a certain plant that wouldn't help her win.

he supports a review of marijuana's status as a doping substance in light of her case.

Rightly so. Cannabis is not a performance enhancer, and can help athletes recover without the need for pharmaceuticals. Let's end this ridiculous prohibition

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If marijuana is legal in the athlete's country then they should be allowed to use it.

I beg to differ if marijuana is not legal in the country they are competing in then they should not be allowed to use it.

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I beg to differ if marijuana is not legal in the country they are competing in then they should not be allowed to use it.

I think the point was they should be allowed to use it in their home country where it's legal, and not be punished for doping later on in a different country, regardless of the legal status in that different country.

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Japan is not the country to be debating illegal

substances in…

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Japan is not the country to be debating illegal substances in

The location is irrelevant in this case, as the impact is world-wide. Japan just happens to be where the conversation is taking place.

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Sebastian Coe is the president of the World Athletics governing body, and his word has significant weight in track and field:

"World Athletics is the international governing body for the sport of athletics, covering track and field, cross country running, road running, racewalking, mountain running, and ultra running."

I was surprised by his statement on marijuana given his past records on doping. I, by the way, agree with him with respect to marijuana.

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It's not a performance enhancing drug so shouldn't be on the list of banned drugs. Its legality or otherwise makes no difference - if Saudi Arabia ever get the Olympics hardly anyone who has had a sip of alcohol would be allowed to participate.

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