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Volume 6 No. 195


Inadvertent inhaling at parties or the unwitting ingestion of a hash cookie "will no longer result in athletes being thrown out of the Olympics under a revision to the list of banned substances," according to Ashling O'Connor of the LONDON TIMES. The World Anti-Doping Agency, which administers the list, Monday "agreed to raise the in-competition threshold for marijuana from 15 nanograms of substance per millilitre of urine to 150ng/ml." While tetrahydrocannabinol (THC), the active ingredient in cannabis, will remain on the prohibited list, "the relaxation of the rules reflects a growing sense of realism about its use as a social alternative to alcohol." Only introduced to the list in '04, it has never been banned out of competition, "suggesting its inclusion was more about image and less about performance" (LONDON TIMES, 5/14). 

The Olympic Council of Asia has thrown its weight behind the Indian Olympic Association's disgruntled acting-President V.K. Malhotra and Secretary General Randhir Singh, according to the PTI. The OCA "has urged the IOC against meeting officials from the suspended IOA" during Wednesday's crucial joint meet to end India's Olympic suspension. The IOC will meet delegations of the IOA and the Indian Sports Ministry tomorrow in Lausanne, Switzerland "to chart a way forward for India's return to the Olympic fold." Malhotra and Randhir "pulled out of the meeting a day after the IOC agreed to include Hockey India General Secretary Narinder Batra and Jharkhand Olympic Association R.K. Anand in the IOA delegation." The OCA "has now come out in support of the duo." The OCA suggested another meeting next month "which would also include its representatives to end the deadlock" (PTI, 5/14).

The Kazakhstan Sport & Physical Culture Agency announced the amounts of athlete's awards for winning medals at the Sochi Olympics on the official website of PM Serik Akhmetov. KSPCA Deputy Chair Yelsiyar Kanagatov said, "We suggest to leave the same remunerations we had for the London and Vancouver Olympics: $250,000 for a gold medal, $150,000 for silver and $75,000 for bronze, fourth, fifth and sixth places" (TENGRI NEWS, 5/14). ... Georgia PM Bidzina Ivanishvili is considering attending next year's Winter Olympics in the southern Russian city of Sochi. Ivanishvili: "I haven't received an official invitation. I don't know if I'll go to the Olympic Games. We will see how our relations will develop" (RIA NOVOSTI, 5/14).