Sha'Carri Richardson slams 'racist' Olympic double standards over Valieva reprieve

Sha'Carri Richardson slams 'racist' Olympic double standards over Valieva reprieve
Sha'Carri Richardson slams Olympics for racist double standards (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Sha'Carri Richardson, 21, a US track and field athlete, blasted racist double standard set by the Olympics panel which has let a Russian skater, Kamila Valieva, compete despite her failing a drug test. Back in 2021, when Sha’Carri failed the drug test and was tested positive for marijuana, she was prohibited from competing in the Tokyo Olympics. Now that Kamila also was caught ‘red-handedly” in a similar test, she was still allowed to participate in the Winter Olympics. 

Sha’carri took to Twitter and wrote, “It’s all in the skin,” which stirred the commotion. For years and years, black athletes have always been treated even for the slightest mistake or a misunderstanding in a huge way. Sha’carri who had her personal reasons for taking cannabis, still stepped back when she was barred from participating. But when a fellow athlete did the same and was allowed she definitely couldn’t keep the rage inside. What surprised the Olympic fans is that while Sha’carri took cannabis, skater Kamila took a drug that enhances her athleticism.


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Yes! Kamila took in “Trimetazidine” which is a drug that prolongs exercise duration and improves cardiac performance. This led Sha’carri to tweet saying, “Btw THC definitely is not a performance enhance!!!!” Moreover, the track star stated that the reason behind her drug intake is the sad demise of her mother. She wrote, “Can we get a solid answer on the difference of her situation and mines? My mother died and I can’t run and was also favored to place top 3. The only difference I see is I’m a black young lady.” Fans have shown that be whatever the reason, a rule is a rule, and Kamila should have also been barred.





Kamila Valieva (Photo by Matthew Stockman/Getty Images)

Another significant piece of information to note is that the officials explained how Kamila is a 15-year-old minor which is why she had a different standard under the WADA code. But Sha’carri sternly believes that when a minor can intake a drug, it completely is a factor related to skin. Twitter fans have also backed Sha’carri when others stated and even one user wrote, “Then she shouldn’t be allowed to compete at that age if she can’t be held to the same standards as the other competitors.” And another user simply stated, “It’s cuz you black period … no ifs ands or buts …. Not only were you not allowed to compete you were villianized , and could’ve possibly lost your career … the white girls gets a slap on the wrist … 🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️🤦🏿‍♂️” This is really the solid answer that fans and common people are completely done with.




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