U.S. Olympic long jumper Tara Davis-Woodhall, who competed at the 2020 Summer Olympics in Tokyo, recently won gold in the women’s long jump at the 2023 USA Indoor Track and Field Championships. But she will not be keeping that national title, after all.
On Tuesday, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced that Davis-Woodhall has been stripped of her national title and completed a one-month suspension for marijuana use after she tested positive for THC earlier this year.
“In the 2021 Code, THC is classified under a special category that allows for a reduced three-month sanction if the athlete establishes that their use of the substance occurred out-of-competition and was unrelated to sport performance. The sanction may be further reduced to one month if the athlete satisfactorily completes a treatment program approved by USADA,” the announcement read according to Fox News.
“Davis-Woodhall’s period of ineligibility was reduced to one month because her use of cannabis occurred out-of-competition and was unrelated to sport performance, and because she successfully completed a substance of abuse treatment program regarding her use of cannabis.”
Under the current rules, Cannabis, marijuana, and hashish are all considered banned substances, which have become controversial in recent years, especially considering they do nothing to enhance an athlete’s performance.