Olympic Snowboarder Still High on Nagano Gold: Rebagliati gets to keep his medal 2/13/98

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26 year-old Canadian Ross Rebagliati came in first in the slalom snowboard competition at the Winter Olympics at Nagano, Japan and was awarded the gold medal. Until, that is, a post-race drug test came back positive for marijuana. Despite Rebagliati's protestations that he must have inhaled second-hand smoke at a going away party held for him in late January (he admitted that he had smoked marijuana in the past, but not in some nine months), the International Olympic Committee (IOC) immediately stripped him of the medal.

But Rebagliati appealed his case on Wednesday (2/12) to the Court for Arbitration of Sport, which re-instated the medal in a narrow ruling which relied only on the fact that the IOC had no prior agreement in place with the International Ski Federation regarding marijuana use. Although both bodies list marijuana as a banned substance, the absence of a formal agreement, and the fact that the Ski Federation never asked the IOC to test for it, left the IOC with no authority to strip Rebagliati of his medal.

NOTE: For a discussion of some of the issues involved, please see this week's editorial by DRCNet associate director Adam J. Smith, at bottom.

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