WADA Responds To AOC Letter Regarding Sha’Carri Richardson Suspension

EUGENE, OREGON - JUNE 19: Sha'Carri Richardson celebrates winning the Women's 100 Meter final on day 2 of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 19, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Sha’Carri Richardson, a 100m Olympian was suspended from participation in Tokyo after tests showed that she had used marijuana. Marijuana is currently classified by the Olympic committee as a performance enhancing drug.

This caused uproar. Especially considering the Olympic Committee allows biological men to compete against women in the games, but does not consider this advantage to be “performance enhancing”.

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Yahoo reported, Leaders from the USADA in a letter Friday to Reps. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) and Jamie Raskin (D-Md.) responded to their objections over Richardson’s one-month suspension after the sprinter tested positive for marijuana, Axios reported. The USADA leaders called it “heartbreaking” that she’ll now miss the Olympics and said that the World Anti-Doping Agency’s “rules concerning marijuana must change.”

However, the letter notes that the USADA “does not make or have a direct vote on the anti-doping rules” and is “required to enforce them,” while adding that “most governments in the world have been very reluctant to take marijuana off the prohibited list for public health reasons.” But the USADA says the “rules addressing cannabis and cannabinoids should be more flexible and fair,” and that it would like to “go still further in mitigating the harsh consequences of a positive marijuana case in a situation like Ms. Richardson’s.”

These rules are undoubtedly out dated and need to be changed. No major American sports league recognizes marijuana as a performance enhancing drug. 

Many players from the NHL, NBA, NFL and MLB use marijuana recreationally and medicinally. 

One would think, that marijuana when used directly before competition, while its effects exist that it would be performance inhibiting now enhancing. 

AOC however, took these ridiculous technical actions and blamed it all on the invisible, race boogie man hiding behind the Olympic curtain.

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