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Marijuana and Sports in the US.

By admin | August 19, 2004

By Barry Svrluga
Washington Post Staff Writer
August 10, 2004.

In other news, U.S. sprinter Bernard Williams received a public warning for a positive test for marijuana but will not lose his place on the U.S. Olympic team, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced.

Williams, a Baltimore native who will compete in the 200 meters in Athens, tested positive at a June 5 meet in Seville, Spain. His results from that meet will be expunged.

Marijuana falls in a small class of drugs for which athletes are subject to a ban of less than a year because they are banned but not considered performance-enhancing.

Another U.S. track and field athlete, triple jumper Tim Rusan, tested positive for marijuana earlier this year and received the same punishment.

Williams, 26, is probably best known for his role on the U.S. gold medal-winning 4×100 relay team, which was roundly criticized for a lengthy display of preening and showboating after its victory at the Sydney Games.

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