American athlete loses national title over Cannabis test

American athlete loses national title over cannabis test

US track and field Olympian Tara Davis-Woodhall has been stripped of her indoor national title and suspended one month following an anti-doping rule violation. 

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Tuesday that Davis-Woodhall tested positive for THC – the main psychoactive compound found in marijuana – in a sample collected on Feb. 17 after she won the long jump title at the 2023 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships held in Albuquerque, New Mexico.

USADA said Davis-Woodhall's suspension was reduced to one-month because she successfully completed a substance abuse treatment program and her use of cannabis  occurred out of competition. She served her suspension, which started on March 21. 

Davis-Woodhall, 23, who married Paralympian Hunter Woodhall in October, competed in the 2020 Tokyo Olympics and finished sixth in long jump.

Cannabis, marijuana, and hashish are currently prohibited during competition under international anti-doping rules. 

Davis-Woodhall is the latest track and field star to face an anti-doping violation. 

U.S. sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson tested positive for marijuana at the 2021 Olympic trials, disqualifying her first-place finish in the 100-meter dash and effectively knocking her out of the Tokyo Olympics due to a minimum 30-day suspension under WADA's anti-doping code. The timing and duration of the suspension prevented her from competing in Tokyo.

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