President Joe Biden has defended the recent Olympic ban on the country’s fastest sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, terming the decision correct as everybody knew what the rules were when competing for the event.
The US commander in chief also spoke about how proud he was of the US-based athlete in terms of the way she conducted herself after the ban and how she responded to it as a whole. The President made particular reference to her apology as well as her acceptance of the mistake by appearing in a live interview.
However, the news from the President comes at a time when Seth Rogen went about accusing the entire Team USA of being involved in racism, right after the Olympian’s ban over cannabis.
The 100M star sprinter made headlines by testing positive for the banned substance marijuana recently. But many called the law colonial and deeply stemmed from racist roots. For this reason, Set Rogen who is an actor and comedian backed up the athlete by showing his immense support on the matter.
While Biden agreed that ‘rules and rules’ and it was correct for the suspension to take place against Richardson, he did speak a little about how the rules should definitely be changed in the near future.
The US sprinter has banned for a fixed time period of 30 bans which means she will miss out on this year’s Tokyo Olympics’ 100-meter dash race.
Richardson tried to justify her use of the banned substance by explaining how she was trying to cope up with the emotional turmoil that came with the death of her mother. just weeks before her qualifying win in Oregon last month.
The sprinter also appeared on the Today show to apologize and admit her mistake.
Richardson has received immense support from other notable personalities such as Representative Alexandria Ocasio Cortez who also termed the decision as racist and bias while calling out the current rules regarding testing as colonial as well.