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The United States Anti-Doping Agency has addressed sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson’s controversial suspension for a optimistic marijuana check in a brand new letter to lawmakers, saying it desires to mitigate such “harsh consequences” however can’t change the rules unilaterally.
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 examined optimistic for marijuana, Axios reported. The USADA leaders known as it “heartbreaking” that she’ll now miss the Olympics and mentioned 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,” whereas including 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 love to “go still further in mitigating the harsh consequences of a positive marijuana case in a situation like Ms. Richardson’s.”
Richardson was suspended for 30 days over the optimistic marijuana check, preserving her from the 100 meter race at the Olympics. It was later confirmed she would miss the Olympics solely after she wasn’t chosen for the United States’ Olympic 4×100 relay staff. Richardson told Today she takes “responsibility for my actions,” whereas explaining that she used marijuana legally to assist deal with the lack of her mom. After Richardson accepted the 30-day suspension, the USADA mentioned “there is no longer any legal process to challenge it or to reverse it.”
Ocasio-Cortez and Raskin had previously urged the USADA to rethink Richardson’s suspension and “strike a blow for civil liberties and civil rights by reversing this course you are on.”