The White House on Wednesday said it may be worthwhile to review anti-doping rules in sport after American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson tested positive for cannabis use.
USA Track and Field (USATF) on Tuesday declined to select Richardson to the relay team for the 2020 Olympics in Tokyo after she accepted a one-month ban for the prohibited substance, which she said was to cope with her mother’s death.
Sha’Carri Richardson will miss the Tokyo Olympics later this month.Credit:Getty
In response, USADA CEO Travis Tygart said the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) was the global arbiter.
“While the US government has a seat at the table to provide feedback, and will continue to speak up for athletes, we are ultimately bound to the WADA rules,” he said in a statement.
“This is true even in sad and tough cases like this one, where we might take a different approach if the choice was ours to make.”
USATF said on Tuesday that its “heartfelt understanding lies with Sha’Carri” but that out of fairness to other athletes it had declined to select her for the team.
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