After star sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was excluded from the U.S. Olympic team because he tested positive for marijuana, the White House is promoting a meeting with the World Anti-Doping Agency to discuss relaxing restrictions on the use of marijuana by athletes.
The White House is seeking to convene a meeting through the US Office of National Drug Control Policy, which has a seat on the foundation board of the World Anti-Doping Agency, which is responsible for managing anti-doping issues in global sports, including the Olympics.
The next board meeting is scheduled to be held on November 25, but ONDCP told the Financial Times, “If possible, the United States will make sure to discuss in advance [cannabis policy] In Hotan”.
The office said it intends to ask Wada about its policies to restrict cannabis use, “including the time frame for testing and the basis for considering cannabis as a performance-enhancing drug.”
Hotan did not immediately respond to a request for comment.
The request was made a week after Richardson was tested positive for marijuana in the U.S. Olympic trials in Oregon. The substance is legal for recreational use in the state, but according to the rules established by Wada, the substance is still banned in certain elite sports.
Richardson was a popular candidate for the gold medal in the women’s 100-meter sprint, and was subsequently suspended for a month, which means that she will miss the Tokyo Olympics, where she is expected to become a breakout star.
Her suspension has aroused strong opposition from politicians and the American public, because some people believe that this is a policy that is inconsistent with modern American law. As of last month, 19 states have fully legalized the use of recreational marijuana. according to Marijuana Policy Project.
“Rules are rules”, Say US President Joe Biden was asked last week about Richardson’s suspension. “Whether this state should be maintained is a different question.”
A kind petition As of Friday, MoveOn.org’s request for Richardson to restore his position on the U.S. Olympic team has received more than 560,000 signatures.
Two members of the US House of Representatives, Jamie Ruskin and Alexander Ocasio-Cortez, recently asked US and global anti-doping officials to revoke Richardson’s ban.
in A letter Last week, they argued that “banning cannabis while allowing recreational use of alcohol and other drugs in your organization reflects historical anti-drug laws and policies aimed at black and brown communities.”
In a letter in response to them on Friday, officials from the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency wrote that the agency “agrees that Ms. Richardson’s exclusion from the Tokyo Olympics is a heartbreaking situation. The rules must change”.
According to the agency’s website, the United States is the largest single contributor to the World Anti-Doping Agency’s annual budget and is expected to provide more than US$2.9 million by 2021. The agency reviews its list of prohibited and restricted substances and methods every year, soliciting opinions from all stakeholders in the review process that began this month, and is expected to end in the fall.
Richardson said she accepted the suspension. “I know what I did. I know what I should do, and I am allowed not to do anything. I still made that decision,” she tell Today’s show last week. “I am not making excuses. In my case, I am not seeking any sympathy.”