president Joe Biden He told reporters on Saturday that he supported the suspension of runners and sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson’s decision to compete in 2021 Olympic Games After she tested positive for marijuana.
“The rules are the rules,” he said, adding, “I am very proud of the way she responded.”
Richardson received national attention after winning the 100m qualifying race in Oregon last month. However, she learned at the time that her biological mother had passed away, she said, and used marijuana to deal with it.
On Thursday, she posted a simple line on Twitter, expressing both sympathy and criticism.
“I’m just saying, don’t judge me, I am human-I am you, I happen to run faster,” she said National Broadcasting Corporationof Nowadays Performance on Friday. “I want to take responsibility for my actions. I know what I did. I know what I should do. I know what I can’t do. I still made that decision.”
Ocasio-Cortez and Maryland Rep. Jamie Raskin sent an official letter to the anti-doping agency on Friday, urging the decision to be reversed.
“Their decision lacks any scientific basis. It is completely rooted in the systemic racism that has long promoted anti-marijuana laws,” she attached a screenshot of the letter to Twitter on Friday.
She added in a follow-up tweet that a doctor from the anti-doping agency confirmed that THC had no direct effect on performance.
“Not to mention, marijuana is legal in Oregon, where Ms. Richardson uses marijuana,” Ocasio-Cortez added.
in a statement Published on TwitterThe American Track and Field Company stated that Richardson’s situation was “very unfortunate and devastating for all relevant personnel” and that it would “cooperate with Shakari to ensure that she has sufficient resources to overcome any mentality in the present and future. Health challenges.”
The U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee said in a statement on Friday morning: “Although we are heartbroken, the U.S. Olympic Committee is unwaveringly committed to clean competition and supports anti-doping regulations and positive tests for any prohibited substances. Will bring consequences. We are working with USATF to determine the appropriate next steps.”
They added: “We are committed to providing Sha’Carri with the support services she needs during this difficult time.”
Weekly newspaper Contacted the Marijuana Policy Project for comments, but has not yet received a response.