A group of MPs have complained, but the matter seems to be closed. Richardson accepted his fate with remorse during an appearance on the “Today” show last week.
“Don’t judge me, because I’m human. I’m you,” she said. “I just happen to run a little faster.”
His exact monthly suspension may be short enough that he can still compete in the Olympics in the 4x100m relay. The games run from 23 July to 8 August.
“His acceptance of responsibility and an apology will be an important example to all of us that we can successfully overcome our regrettable decisions, despite the costly consequences of this one to them,” Tygart said in a news release Friday.
Biden can’t change the sport’s doping rules, but he can help change US law. The debate over marijuana is rampant in the US, where it is more and more accepted years and years later when laws against its use were enforced on a disproportionate number of black Americans.
According to the World Anti-Doping Agency, cannabis has been banned because it “violates the spirit of the sport.”
The story of why marijuana is explicitly banned offers some useful context.
Doping not doping. American Christian Coleman, the defending men’s champion in the 100m, will also miss the Tokyo Olympics after he missed three drug tests in 2019.
The resulting penalty was reduced from 18 months to just one year but still included the Olympics.
Great Athletes Have Banned. Swimmer Michael Phelps was banned for three months after pictures of him smoking marijuana from a bong surfaced on the Internet. However, he did not miss any competition.
American sprinter Justin Gatlin, who won multiple Olympic medals, waited a four-year doping ban and competed in two more Olympics. He was injured last month at the US Olympic Trials and narrowly missed the trip to Tokyo.
“Right now, I’m being forced to decide between being a breastfeeding mom or an Olympic athlete,” she said. “I can’t take them both.”
Japan is holding the Olympics despite warnings from several public health professionals that they should be postponed or called off again. It is creating strict protocols that limit the number of athletes and coaches who can travel to Tokyo and has removed spectators.
Sports and Dissemination. There is already evidence that major sporting events spread Covid. In Europe, club soccer tournaments being held in several cities, sometimes with thousands of fans, have already demonstrated what can happen.
Scotland’s health authority said 1,991 people had been identified as having attended the Euro 2020 event, of whom 1,294 had traveled to London and 397 had traveled to Wembley where England played Scotland.
Finland said more than 300 civilians were infected while supporting their team.
“We need to look at how people get there: are they traveling in large convoys of buses? And when they leave the stadium, are they in overcrowded bars and pubs to watch matches. are you going?” World Health Organization senior emergency official Katherine Smallwood said in a statement.
So it would be the Olympics without spectators. And without some of the best athletes.