We have recently talked at length about the NFL’s stance on marijuana. Now former Patriot’s star tight end Rob Gronkowski - simply known as “Gronk” - has big plans for his next phase in life, including going into business with CBDMedic, which is a cannabis-based topical cream that is applied to aches and pains. He is not the first former NFL player to go into the CBD business, with more players signing up every day to be spokespersons, investors or both.
New York Giants wide receiver Golden Tate is appealing a four-game suspension after the NFL ruled he violated the league’s performance-enhancing drug policy. Tate confirmed the suspension but said he plans to appeal the ruling.
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.
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.
The World Surf League has announced a partnership with the International Surfing Association to adopt a new anti-doping program that will comply with World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Code. The decision comes just one year before professional surfing makes its Olympic debut at the Tokyo 2020 Games.
Four professional cyclists were recently suspended for suspected doping violations, according to the International Cycling Union (UCI). The suspensions come as part of the ongoing “Operation Aderlass” investigation, an inquiry led by Austrian authorities focusing on blood doping rings.
In recent months, police raids in Germany and Austria led to the arrest of a surprising number of athletes on suspicion of participating in blood doping. However, many do not realize that the United States has no laws on the books that specifically criminalize doping in sport.
Two UFC athletes, Walt Harris of the United States and Mairbek Taisumov of Austria, recently accepted sanctions for violations of the UFC's Anti-Doping Policy linked to use of contaminated supplements. In both cases, product labels contained no banned substances. However, testing by WADA-accredited labs confirmed the presence of anabolic agents. These fighters are not alone in being sanctioned as a result of contaminated supplements - others include Yoel Romero and Tim Means.
Recently, several athletes were arrested in Austria in connection with a suspected blood doping ring. At the center of the alleged ring is a German doctor. Investigators reportedly found the doctor’s client list with more than 20 athletes on it from around the word. The doctor and five of those athletes have already been arrested.