Sha'Carri Richardson reacts after Russian figure skater is cleared

Sha’Carri Richardson is questioning why a Russian figure skater who failed a drug test has been cleared to compete in the Olympic Games when her own positive drug test threw her Olympic ambitions off course last year. On Monday (Feb. 14), the Court of Arbitration for Sport cleared Kamila Valieva to compete in the women’s figure skating competition at the 2022 Beijing Games despite testing positive for a banned substance, a heart drug called trimetazidine, in December. According to CNN, the positive drug test only came to light days after the Olympics began and after 15-year-old Valieva helped the Russian Olympic Committee win a gold medal in the figure skating team competition. On Monday, Richardson retweeted a video about the situation, in which USA Today’s Christine Brennan called the court’s decision “a slap in the face to all of those athletes doing it the right way.” “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,” Richardson tweeted. “The only difference I see is I’m a black young lady.”


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