It was a stupid decision to exclude sprint star Shakari Richardson from the U.S. Olympic relay team

World-class sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson did not really improve the quality of his performance due to a positive test on a widely legal drug, so the only reasonable reason to suspend his participation in official competitions is that the rules are the rules. The rules for banning the use of marijuana are in the book, and she never tried to attribute her violations to the person who conducted the test, or some contaminated diet, or failed to list THC supplements in its ingredients.

“I know what I did. I know what I should do, I know what I can’t do, and still made that decision,” she told NBC News. “I won’t make any excuses.”

She did it. She will serve her sentence.

In other words, according to the regulations: there are 30 days left before the competition.

Since the timeout started on June 28, no conclusions will be drawn until the first few rounds of the women’s 100-meter sprint, which broke her dream of winning a gold medal in the US Olympic trials. However, after Richardson’s suspension period expired, the competition was extended to the team competition, the 4×100m relay, which did not start until August 5.

However, Richardson will not participate in the competition because the US track team chose not to let her participate in the Olympic team, a decision announced on Tuesday. So the lesson here is: rules are rules, punishment is punishment, unless we decide to make them tougher and make ourselves feel more imperial.

The second worst part of the USATF’s untenable decision is the organization’s attempt to appease critics of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s ban on marijuana rules-they are a legion, with nearly half a million on the “Let Sha’Carri Run” petition Signatures-express sympathy for the cause by claiming.

Official statement: “Although the USATF fully agrees that the advantages of the WADA and THC rules should be reassessed, if the USATF revises its policy, it will be detrimental to the integrity of the U.S. Athletics Team’s Olympic trials, just a few weeks before the Olympics. “

So what they mean is that 10.84 of Richardson’s trials in Eugene last month no longer exist; according to the National Institute of Drug Abuse under the National Institutes of Health, it was illegally “enhanced” by a drug, The effects include “impaired body movement”, “difficulty in thinking and problem solving”, and “changed sense of time”. “

Does it sound like getting sprinters out of obstacles faster?

Richardson’s Olympic trials performance is not an outlier. In the April race in Miami, she ran the sixth fastest time in history, 10.72. Her trial time could have been ranked among the top 40 in history. In that game, she was one yard ahead of the nearest competitor, Javianne Oliver, and was ahead of seventh-placed Aleia Hobbs by more than 3/10 seconds.

Her match in the trial is nothing strange. So far, she is the best in America. So this is the worst part of her omission. USATF has some discretion here. Its duty is to build the best team fairly for the Olympic Games. There are enough reasons to include her.

The United States has won the past two gold medals in the women’s 4×100 relay, but these are the only two victories in this century. Victory is not destined. If the 21-year-old Richardson is selected to participate in the relay, he will be fresh and full of motivation. This was originally a chance for her to win a gold medal at the Olympics, and she will almost certainly seize this chance.

Instead, if she wants to, she will watch the victims of stupid policies that should disappear with people from other parts of the world on TV.



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