The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) is an agency created in 2003 on the
pursuit of eliminating 'doping', or the use of performance- enhancing
substances in any sports and governments around the world. The WADA has
implemented a universal code which encodes the banned substances, the
procedures for violations, the testing of athletes, etc. This code is
followed by over 600 sporting organizations around the world. These organizations
include The International Olympic Committee, The International Paralympic
Committee, National Olympic Committees, and National Paralympic Committees,
as well as National Professional League Sports. All of these organizations
have adapted the Anti-Doping code that WADA has implemented and are tested
and regulated through WADA as well.
Before the 11th of May, the regulations for testing positive to marijuana use were concentration
of 15 nanograms per milliliter. This meant that marijuana tests administered
prior to competition would reveal athletes' use of marijuana up to
a month before the time of the test, and could even detect second-hand
marijuana smoke. This regulation prohibited an American Judo player from
participating in the 2012 Olympics Games in London, when he tested positive
for marijuana under these standards. The regulation also adopted by The
Association of Boxing commissions, caused several Mixed Martial Arts fighters
to be banned from competition for testing positive; these fighters included
Nick Diaz, Dave Herman, Matt Riddle, and Robbie Peralta. Another fighter
Pat "Bam Bam" Healy tested positive following these rules after
UFC 159 and his UFC 159 win was changed to 'no-contest', he lost
$130,000 and faced a 90-day suspension following the positive tests.
The new regulation as of May 11th has lessened the THC concentration that is used when testing for marijuana.
Regulation has gone from 15 nanograms per milliliter to 150 nanograms
per milliliter. This new regulations would only detect marijuana use for
days or hours prior to competition or the time at which the test was administered.
There are many reasons for this change in the rules. One of them is that
the WADA is now targeting athletes that abuse the substance in-competition.
The new concentration will determine whether they used it right before
a competition and those are the people who WADA is now targeting. Another
reason for this change is because marijuana has been legalized in a number
of places whose athletics are regulated under WADA. WADA feels that because
it is legal for use in many areas, they too should only target athletes
abusing it during competition. Another of the main reasons for the loosening
of the regulation is that marijuana researchers have proven that marijuana
does not enhance the performance in any sport.
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