American track and field sprinter, Sha’Carri Richardson has hit out at the decision to clear Kamila Valieva to compete at the Beijing 2022 Winter Olympics after she failed a drug test.
Richardson was a gold-medal hopeful at the Summer Olympics for Team USA, but missed the event after testing positive for cannabis in the run-up to Tokyo.
The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) ruled on Monday, Feb. 14, that the 15-year-old figure skater could continue competing in Beijing.
That decision has drawn widespread criticism, with Team USA chief executive Sarah Hirshland accusing Russia of a “systematic and pervasive disregard for clean sport”.
She tweeted on Monday: “Can we get a solid answer on the difference of her situation and mine?
“My mother died and I can’t run and was also favoured to place top 3. The only difference I see is I’m a black young lady.”