U.K. Anti-Doping allows seven suspended athletes to return to competition

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As more sporting organizations reform their approach to drug testing , U.K. Anti-Doping (UKAD) has announced it is retrospectively shortening the bans for athletes who are suspended due to recreational drug use, reports Inside the Games . As of Jan. 1, 2021, U.K. athletes who test positive for substances like cannabis and cocaine while out-of-competition will face three-month suspensions rather than two-year bans. The suspension could be reduced to one month if the athlete completes a treatment program.The changes bring UKAD in line with the World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules . UKAD chairman Trevor Pearce told Inside the Games that a three-month ban will only be applied to athletes who test positive while out-of-competition. “If an athlete can’t prove that the drug use was out-of-competition and unrelated to sports performance, they may receive up to a four-year ban,” Pearce said. As for athletes currently suspended over the previous rules, their suspensions will be amended to reflect the changes. How pro sports are starting to turn pro-weed Two years ago, the NFL’s cannabis policy forced David Irving out of the league. Now he’s back. Weed gummies helped NHL players survive a gruelling stint in the bubble Scottish runner Luke Traynor is one of seven athletes who will now be eligible to return to their sports earlier than anticipated. Traynor, 27, was originally banned from competition for two years after testing positive for cocaine in May 2019, reports The Herald . In addition to the ban, 13 months of Traynor’s racing results were also overturned. “I knew the code change was coming in on Jan. 1. But UKAD did not have to acknowledge it for past cases, so it’s a nice surprise. Time to move forward,” Traynor said. In 2019, following the news of his suspension, Traynor issued a statement saying that his…

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