After Kamila Valieva was declared Olympic-eligible, Sha'Carri Richardson pointed out the hypocrisy

After Kamila Valieva was declared Olympic-eligible, Sha'Carri Richardson pointed out the hypocrisy

Updated on February 16, 2022 10:18 AM by Laura Mendes

Sha'Carri Richardson, an American track and field athlete, claims that the race is the reason Russian athlete Kamila Valieva isn't banned from the Olympics despite failing a drug test, as Sha'Carri did last year.

The headlines that Russian Olympic Committee figure skater Kamila Valieva has been approved to compete in the Olympics did not sit well with American sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson. Amidst testing positive for a banned substance, Valieva's provisional suspension was lifted on Monday after the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled in her favor, igniting a firestorm of debate in the Olympic community.

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Kamila, on either, had already been eligible for the Beijing Olympics before her positive drug test. On Feb. 7, the Russian athlete won a gold medal in team figure skating. According to NBC News, Kamila's drug test, which she gave on December 25, came back positive for the prohibited substance Trimetazidine, which is commonly used to treat heart patients. On her Instagram Stories, Sha'Carri also called out the Olympics for their handling of Kamila's situation. She wrote alongside a media story about Kamila being cleared to compete after a drug test, "It's all in the skin."

Richardson was quick to point out the parallels between her case and Valieva's, as well as the differences. The 21-year-old sprinter won the women's 100 meters at the US Olympic track and field tests, but the United States Anti-Doping Agency suspended her for one month after she tested positive for marijuana in July. Richardson's suspension effectively ruled her out of last year's Tokyo Olympics, where she was a leading contender to become the US's first gold medalist in the 100 meters since 1996.

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