There has been a lot of media attention given to the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT) before, during and after their unprecedented fourth FIFA World Cup win and second in a row. Team members have courted controversy on several fronts, notably irking President Trump in their rebuff of his invitation to visit the White House.
Ten years ago, few would have expected to see professional golfers sponsored by a product even tangentially related to marijuana. However, athletes across the world have discovered the benefits of CBD oil, a hemp product mostly devoid of THC. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) removed CBD from its list of prohibited supplements in 2018 – but, as with any supplement, CBD use is not without its risks.
The NCAA is pushing back against a bill in the California legislature that would allow college athletes to earn money for the use of their name, image or likeness beginning in 2023. In a letter to State Assembly committees, NCAA President Mark Emmert told lawmakers that if the bill passes California schools might be prohibited from competing in NCAA championships. It will be interesting to see if the NCAA follows through with its threat, as California is home to 23 schools in Division I alone.
Along with celebrating back-to-back World Cup wins, the U.S. national women's soccer team has also embraced its role in advocating for LGBTQ inclusion and gender equity. While other professional sports in the U.S. seem to lack openly gay players, the UWNT has become a source of pride for LGBTQ Americans. Time and time again, the team has stood together on issues of inclusiveness.
Russian athletics continue to struggle with widespread doping allegations this month, with new sanctions coming out and prominent officials recommending the country's athletics federation remain banned from global competition.
Many athletes have begun turning to cannabidiol (CBD) oil as a more natural way of managing pain. However, varying levels of THC in CBD drops and vague labeling can land some in serious trouble. Although the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) permits the use of CBD, all other cannabinoids are still prohibited for athletes participating in global competitions.