Pot Gets New Jersey Olympic Judo Fighter from N.J. Expelled – Is it Fair [POLL]
Until such time as they change the rules regarding pot being a controlled dangerous substance…we’ll have to abide by the decision made by the IOC expelling a Westfield, New Jersey Olympian from competition.
American judo fighter Nick Delpopolo became the first of the 10,500 athletes at London Games to fail an in-competition doping test, and his explanation certainly is eye-catching. He says he unintentionally ate something before the games that had been baked with marijuana.
Delpopolo was expelled from the Olympics on Monday for doping as the fifth positive test for a banned substance reported by the IOC since the Olympic body started its London testing program in mid-July. The other four were caught before competing.
The 23-year-old judoka from Westfield, N.J., said his positive test was "caused by my inadvertent consumption of food that I did not realize had been baked with marijuana" before he left for the Olympics.
"I apologize to U.S. Olympic Committee, to my teammates, and to my fans, and I am embarrassed by this mistake," he said in a statement. "I look forward to representing my country in the future, and will rededicate myself to being the best judo athlete that I can be."
When I think of doping, I automatically think of something that would ENHANCE someone’s ability to compete in a given competition.
Pot does not seem like something that would enhance your ability in a judo competition.
In fact, I’d think it would HINDER your ability to compete.
Furthermore, you have to figure that competitors at the Olympic Village have to be partying at night when their respective events aren’t being staged.
Isn’t it reasonable to assume they’re drinking and cavorting!
I don’t know how you could be banned from competition for “cavorting”, but the drinking part could possibly alter your ability….no?
So, if you’re going to expel someone from competition for ingesting pot…however “inadvertently” he said he did ( I call “BS!”)…why not drinking as well.
The International Olympic Committee said it disqualified him from the 73-kilogram class, where he placed seventh. The IOC added that he tested positive for metabolites of cannabis after competing on July 30.
In other words, he sucked and probably was looking for a reason to bail on the competition anyway.
But…the larger question remains, do you think it’s fair that ingesting pot get you banned from Olympic competition?