Sha’Carri Richardson Suspension Criticized by White House and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency

Advocates and government organizations alike continue to ramp up support of Sha’Carri Richardson, a young Olympic runner who was disqualified from the American team because she tested positive for cannabis in a drug screening.

Not only has Richardson spoken up about the situation openly and took responsibility for breaking the rules, but countless other outlets and social media channels have been abuzz with concern about the archaic drug testing rules. Some of the more shocking reactions includes that of White House Secretary and U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) both lightly suggesting that change is necessary.

In an initial press interview on July 2, US Press Secretary Jen Psaki did not condemn the decision of the Olympic officials’ sanction, which penalized Richardson. On July 7, Psaki provided a more sympathetic and open statement that cannabis restrictions require “another look.”

“It does stink,” she told CNN in an interview. “I don’t think there’s a better definition of it. She has lost her mother, she’d gone through a tragedy and she’s also the fastest woman in the world—and I think she’s sending a message to a lot of little girls out there, you can do this,” Psaki said. “We know the rules are where they are, maybe

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