Union County Olympian Expelled From London Games

The Westfield judo athlete tested positive for marijuana.

Nicholas Delpopolo, a Westfield native who placed seventh in his division at the London Olympics, has been expelled from the Olympic games after allegedly testing positive for marijuana.

As a result, the International Olympic Committee has disqualifed Delpopolo's result from the men's 73 kg Judo event.

According to information on the official International Olympics website, Delpopolo's diploma in the event has been withdrawn and his Olympic identity and accreditation card has been cancelled and withdrawn.

Delpopolo, 23, is ranked number one in the U.S. and 12th in the world in the sport. He secured his spot on the after a dramatic fight to the finish against long-time rival Mike Eldred at the Doral Golf Resort & Spa in Miami. He was among six Americans competing on the U.S. Judo team and was the only one in his 73 kg weight class.

The Los Angeles Times reports that Delpopolo has issued an apology: "My positive test was caused by my inadvertent consumption of food that I did not realize had been baked with marijuana, before I left for the Olympic Games. I apologize to the U.S. Olympic Committee, to my teammates, and to my fans, and I am embarrassed by this mistake."

Delpopolo continued, "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."

andrew lee August 09, 2012 at 04:33 PM
Agreed, ideally people should live without mood altering substances, but reality is that we all use them, I'm sure you included, whether its alcohol or caffeine, or even harder... these are all just centuries-old mechanisms to alleviate oneself. But you said it yourself.... why allow the harmful ones (i.e. opiate painkillers, benzos, alcohol), yet criminalize the least harmful one of them all (pot)? It just makes no logical sense the way the legal system rationalizes its policies on marijuana. And no one is saying "pot is harmless", it has negative effects, but nothing on the scale of alcoholism or addiction to hard drugs. There is no scientific proof of any long-term negative health effects either... altering brain chemistry? Where did you get that? You don't get wet brain from smoking too much pot... studies show that most effects of THC on the brain are short-term, and are even reversible after cessation. I respect your opinion, but your logic is another matter.....
Someguy August 09, 2012 at 05:30 PM
Liberty, we have more people in jail than China because they either kill or horribly torture anyone who commits crime. We make a big deal about an inmate not getting to watch his favorite shows on cable.
Hank August 09, 2012 at 10:36 PM
thomas August 10, 2012 at 01:09 PM
Ranked #1 in the U.S. in judo and and #1 idiot!
Coach Workman August 11, 2012 at 03:29 AM
A true teachable event. Nicholas please contact me to speak to our youth athletes. "let's turn this around" The Morris County Track Club Junior Olympians http://patch.com/N-dTy9


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