Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-New York) MP condemned the decision to suspend Sha’Carri Richardson from the Olympics last week after the sprinter tested positive for cannabis in her system.
Cannabis is banned by the World Anti-Doping Agencyalthough its use as a performance enhancing drug was strongly doubted.
Richardson was considered a contender for the gold medal in the 100-meter sprint with a time of 10.82 seconds in her qualifying race. After testing positive for marijuana after the race, she was suspended from international competitions for a month, including the Tokyo Olympics that year.
Richardson said she used marijuana after her mother died just a week before taking part in the qualification (in a state where it is perfectly legal).
“I apologize for the fact that during this time I did not know how to control my emotions or how to deal with my emotions.” Richardson went on NBCs “Today’s show.
“Don’t judge me because I’m human … I just run a little faster” Richardson added.
Ocasio-Cortez viewed Richardson’s suspension as evidence of institutionalized racist practices that existed within the Olympics.
“The criminalization and the prohibition of cannabis is an instrument of racist and colonial politics. The IOC should reconsider its suspension of Ms. Richardson and all athletes punished for cannabis use. ” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted on Friday.
The New York Congresswoman then criticized the decision of the International Olympic Committee on another matter. “This judgment [Richardson’s ban from the Olympics] along with the IOC’s denial of swimming caps for natural hair is deeply worrying. ” Ocasio-Cortez wrote.
This comment refers to a recent decision by the Fédération Internationale de Natation (FINA), the umbrella organization that oversees international competitive swimming, that Soul Cap developed one specifically for swimmers with voluminous hair (especially black swimmers) would not be allowed at the Summer Games this year.
The company said its request to consider the custom swim cap was “denied upon registration,” meaning they weren’t even allowed to appeal the decision. FINA defended the decision by stating that international swimmers “have never used hats of such size and configuration designed by Soul Cap,” adding that the hat did not “follow the natural shape of the head”.
Daily Beast columnist Kali Holloway noted FINA’s rejection of the new swim capswhich came when the organization was also trying to highlight the achievements of the black swimmers advancing to the summer games.
“In rejecting a swim cap that does not offer any benefit to its wearer, FINA admits its lack of interest in racial inclusion and is trying to restore normality to the white form – and seems determined to wipe out these elite black athletes while they are their existence as a historically white “prestige sport” as somehow unnatural, “wrote Holloway.
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