One of my favorite judoka was banned from the Olympics after an inspiring performance three days ago. He was banned after testing positive for marijuana, which he ate accidentally before his trip to London.
I put this ban right up there with public “outrage” over Michael Phelps being caught smoking wee after his historic performance Olympic performance four years ago.
I don’t know much about the effects of weed on an athlete’s body, but in my naive undestanding of it, it should not be banned from the Olympics as a performance-enhancing drug, especially given that its effects do not last longer than a few hours, and yet it remains in the “system” from many days.
It’s unfortunate that Nick has to be put through this, but in my eyes, it’s a stain on the Olympic committee more than Nick, and will hopefully result in a public outcry and an eventual reversal of this absurd (in my eyes) rule.