The World Anti-Doping Agency fired back at Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez for denouncing the Olympic doping suspension of US sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson as “racist” — with the agency noting that the US has long supported the ban on weed.
America has been “one of the most vocal and strong advocates for including cannabinoids on the prohibited list,” WADA said in a letter Saturday to Ocasio-Cortez and Rep. Jamie Raskin.
WADA President Witold Banka also wrote that the US Anti-Doping Agency — not the worldwide agency — made the call on Richardson’s suspension.
“While we sympathize with the circumstances of this case and applaud Ms. Richardson’s accountability for accepting that the rules are in place for athletes worldwide, WADA simply plays a coordinating role in the development and publication of the prohibited list,” Banka wrote.
“As you correctly note in your letter, the testing of Ms. Richardson and her resulting suspension were administered and adjudicated by the USADA,” Banka said.