May 23, 2013
US judoka expelled from Games for eating marijuana
US competitor Nick Delpopolo was expelled from the London Olympic Games after testing positive for marijuana and apologised to organisers, fans and fellow athletes for unwittingly eating a brownie that had been baked with the drug.
Delpopolo, 23, who finished seventh in the 73kg event, accepted his expulsion.
"My positive test was caused by my inadvertent consumption of food that I did not realise had been baked with marijuana, before I left for the Olympic Games," said Delpopolo, who trains in New York.
"I apologise to the US Olympic Committee, to my teammates, and to my fans, and I am embarrassed by this mistake. I look forward to representing my country in the future, and will re-dedicate myself to being the best judo athlete that I can be," he said in a statement.
The United States Olympic Committee told reporters the food Delpopolo had eaten was a brownie containing marijuana.
The athlete waived the right for his case to be heard before the Disciplinary Commission, and the USOC said it fully supported the expulsion.
"The USOC is absolutely committed to clean competition and stringent anti-doping penalties. Any positive test, for any banned substance, comes with the appropriate consequences and we absolutely support the disqualification. We look forward to witnessing the continued success of our athletes and commend their dedication to clean sport."