Sha’carri Richardson suspension aftermath smoke still lingering on with the latest reply of president of WADA Witold Banka to the US congress woman Ocasio-Cortez and congress man Raskin.
The duo has written earlier to the WADA on why they will ban Sha’carri Richardson for Marijuana a non performance enhancing substance.
In the reply, Banka said that the current WADA rules on cannabis only limit in competition and athletes are free to use it any other time. He said “an athlete who occasionally uses cannabis, even days before a competition, would be extremely unlikely to test positive” with their current threshold.
In another breath, Sha’Carri made a red carpet appearance at the ESPY Awards on Saturday.
The sprinter, 21, attended the awards show at The Rooftop at Pier 17 at the Seaport in New York City. During the event, Richardson, who sported fiery red hair and wore a black dress, was the topic of one of host Anthony Mackie’s monologue bits, when he pointed out how “high” the rooftop venue was.
“USA Track & Field, how you mess that up?” Mackie later said. “Weed is a de-enhancing drug. It doesn’t make you do anything besides watch another episode of Bob’s Burgers. I don’t get how you justify not letting her run.”
Her appearance at the ESPYs comes four days after USA Track and Field did not include the athlete on the Tokyo Olympics roster for the women’s 4x100m relay race — the only event she could’ve competed in after she tested positive for THC, which is the chemical in marijuana and a banned substance in the sport, at the trials in Oregon on June 19.