New York Democratic Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez said the Olympic ban on an American sprinter who failed a drug test was the result of “racist and colonial policies.”
The Olympics imposed a 30-day ban on Sha’Carri Richardson, 21, for violating his cannabis policy after testing positive for THC. The suspension could prevent her from competing in the 100 meters, where she was likely to win a medal.
“The criminalization and ban of cannabis is an instrument of racist and colonial policy,” Ocasio-Cortez wrote on Twitter, calling on the International Olympic Committee to reconsider the suspension. “The IOC should reconsider its suspension of Ms. Richardson and any athlete penalized for cannabis use.”
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Ocasio-Cortez sent a letter from his Congressional office to the United States and the World Anti-Doping Agency, whose guidelines follow the Olympics.
“This punishment, which is not supported by any scientific evidence, could prevent Ms. Richardson from competing in the Tokyo Olympics in 2021 just after inspiring the country with her performance at the Olympic trials last month,” she said. written with the Civil Rights Subcommittee and Civil Liberties Chairman Jamie Raskin.
“We are also concerned that the continued ban on marijuana as your organizations authorize the recreational use of alcohol and other drugs reflects drug laws and policies that have historically targeted black and brown communities while tolerating largely drug use in white communities, ”the letter read. .
Democratic Representative Ilhan Omar, a member of the Ocasio-Cortez “squad”, shared her support for Richardson.
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Richardson took responsibility for the failure of the drug test, acknowledging that cannabis use was against the rules.
“I want to take responsibility for my actions,” she said. “I know what I did, I know what I’m supposed to do… and I made that decision anyway.”
Richardson “wasn’t looking for an excuse or empathy,” but she said her use of marijuana was a way to cope with her mother’s recent death.
“Putting a face and going out in front of the world and hiding my pain, who am I to tell you how to deal with when you are facing pain and struggles that you have never had before?” »Richardson mentionned.
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Keywords: Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, 2020 Olympics, Drug Policy, Ilhan Omar, Congress, Race and Diversity, Sports, Marijuana, News
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