Controversy, stars who are positive for drugs can still compete in the Olympics

Thursday, July 15, 2021 16:21 PM (GMT+7)

(Olympic News) A British athlete can still attend the Olympics despite testing positive for cocaine.

British track and field athlete Oliver Dustin is causing controversy when he is likely to compete in the Tokyo Olympics, despite having just tested positive for drugs.

Oliver Dustin

Dustin once broke the world record in the 800m. Less than three weeks ago, Dustin won an Olympic ticket after successfully competing in Manchester, but then his test sample was found to contain a trace amount of cocaine metabolites in his blood.

This sample was taken while Dustin was playing in France and the French anti-doping agency is currently handling the case, and Dustin has consulted with a lawyer. Dustin’s side has complained that his test sample was contaminated and that he did not use cocaine before the competition.

According to the rules of the International Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), if an athlete can attest that stimulants detected in the body were introduced into the body when the athlete is not competing, that athlete will be temporarily banned. play for 3 months. If the athlete accepts responsibility and participates in a short-term detoxification program, the suspension period will be reduced to 1 month.

It is worth mentioning that with Dustin’s situation, he is asking WADA to cross-check his prototype and while Dustin’s prototype is tested again, he will still be able to compete in the Olympics. Dustin just needs to prove that he didn’t use it during his time in Manchester, and will qualify for the Olympics and, at best, only have to go through a short rehab program.

That possibility made the international press question because before that American athlete Sha’Carri Richardson was banned from the Olympics due to being positive for marijuana. However, Richardson’s sample was taken from her immediately after the tournament, meaning that the female athlete used marijuana before or during the qualifying competition, while Dustin’s sample was taken at a tournament in France, not the qualifying round. Olympics in Manchester.


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