Sha'Carri Richardson Questions Olympics After Russian Athlete Caught Doping


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Sha'Carri Richardson is calling out the Olympics after a Russian figure skater was caught doping but still allowed to compete. Last summer, Richardson was barred from running after her drug test was positive for marijuana.

The Court for Arbitration Sport ruled to allow 15-year-old Kamila Valieva to compete in the games despite the figure skater's drug test coming back positive for a banned substance, Bleacher Report confirmed.

"Can we get a solid answer on the difference of her situation and mines?" Richardson tweeted Monday (February 14). "My mother died and I can't run and was also favored to place top 3. The only difference I see is I'm a black young lady."

In a series of other tweets, Richardson added that marijuana "definitely is not a performance enhance[r]!!!!" The LSU track star also pointed out that Valieva failed the test back in December, but "the world just now know" when her failed test was broadcast "within a week" adding that her "name & talent was slaughtered to people."

In a statement, the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee CEO Sarah Hirshland said that the group is "disappointed" by the situation adding that "it is the collective responsibility of the entire Olympic community to protect the integrity of sport.... Athletes have the right to know they are competing on a level playing field."

The CAS said they allowed Valieva to compete because she is a minor, which, under Olympic rules means she's a "protected person" not subjected to the same rules as an adult athlete.

"The panel considered that preventing the athlete to compete at the Olympic Games would cause her irreparable harm in the circumstance," CAS Director General Matthieu Reeb said about the decision.

Valieva's drug test confirmed traces of a trimetazidine, a heart medication, that can help athletes maintain a higher heart rate for longer periods of time during competition.

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