Colombian player suspended for marijuana use
A leading Colombian footballer has been suspended for three
months, fined the equivalent of $3,000 and ordered into rehab after
admitting using marijuana, football authorities in the country said
Wilder Medina, a striker with the Deportes Tolima club, who is
currently joint top-scorer in the Colombian top division, tested
positive for the drug for the third time on March 26 following a
2-0 victory over Deportivo Cali.
Medina acknowledged he used the drug during a disciplinary
”Wilder has a problem with addiction and wants to rehabilitate
himself, he needs help,” the player’s lawyer, Andres Charria,
said. ”Marijuana is not doping, it doesn’t improve physical
performance. He’s living a human problem.”
Medina also had positive tests after matches on Feb. 5 and
Medina has scored eight goals in the current Clausura
tournament, top of the scoring charts alongside Once Caldas striker
Wason Renteria. He also scored 16 goals in the past 2010 Apertura
Charria said an appeal against the punishment was possible.
Otherwise, Medina’s suspension begins this weekend.