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World Anti-Doping Agency maintains ban on cannabis in sport

World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) says Cannabis will remain a banned substance in sport after a review by the governing body.

American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was ruled out of the Tokyo Olympics after receiving a one-month ban for using the drug last year.

Wada agreed to review the cannabis ban after requests from “stakeholders”.

But it decided on Friday at a meeting of its executive committee to maintain the ban because the use of the drug “violated the spirit of sport”.

The ban for recreational drug use by athletes who test positive out of competition was reduced from two years to one to three months last year.

The organisation also announced that the painkiller tramadol is to be added to the list of banned substances for athletes in competition from 2024.

Wada said in a news release that “Tramadol abuse, with its dose-dependent risks of physical dependence, opiate addiction and overdoses in the general population, is of concern and has led to it being a controlled drug in many countries”.

Former England goalkeeper Chris Kirkland said in July he had been driven to the point of suicide by his addiction to, and abuse of tramadol after using the opioid to treat back injuries.

Writing by Tersoo Nicholas; Editing by Annabel Nwachukwu.