Marijuana Use Disqualifies U.S. Judo Olympic Athlete

LONDON, August 6, 20112 –

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced that it has disqualified American judoka Nicholas Delpopolo from the men’s 73kg judo event of the Games of the XXX Olympiad in London.

Immediately after his participation in the event on 30 July, Delpopolo, 23, provided a urine sample that tested positive for the prohibited substance 11-nor-delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol-9-carboxylic acid.

Basically that means the athlete smoked marijuana. According to Wikipedia,

11-COOH-THC is formed in the body by oxidation of the active metabolite 11-Hydroxy-THC by liver enzymes. It is then metabolized further by conjugation with glucuronide,[2] forming a water-soluble congener which can be more easily excreted by the body.[3]

11-COOH-THC is not psychoactive itself, but has a long half-life in the body of up to several days (or even weeks in very heavy users),[4][5][6] making it the main metabolite tested for when blood or urine testing for cannabis use.

The IOC Disciplinary Commission, composed for this case of Thomas Bach (Chairman), Denis Oswald and Frank Fredericks, decided:

I. The Athlete, Mr Nicholas Delpopolo, United States of America, Judo:

(i) is disqualified from the men’s 73kg judo event of the 2012 London Olympic Games where he placed 7th;

(ii) shall have his diploma in the above-mentioned event withdrawn; and

(iii) shall have his Olympic identity and accreditation card cancelled and withdrawn immediately.