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Olympic sprinter Richardson deprived and America requests easing of restrictions on cannabis users

American sprinter Shakiri Richardson has failed a cannabis test and will miss the Tokyo Olympics, which begins this month, after the sample came back positive during the American qualifying last month, when Richardson won the 100 meters race with a time of 10.86 seconds. .

And press reports revealed that the White House will request a meeting with the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) on easing restrictions on the use of cannabis for athletes, after the suspension of American sprinter Shakira Richardson and her exclusion from the Tokyo Olympics.

Richardson, 21, who was a gold medal favorite in the 100 meters at the Olympics, was banned for one month in June after testing positive for cannabis.

The Financial Times said that the White House is requesting a meeting with (WADA) to discuss the situation, explaining that it was not possible to obtain an immediate comment from the White House on the report, and WADA said that it had not received a request for a meeting.

WADA has overseen the list of banned substances in sports since 2004 and before that it was the responsibility of the International Olympic Committee.

WADA prohibits the use of cannabis, but if athletes prove that their consumption of this substance is not related to athletic performance, the suspension will be for 3 months instead of the usual 4 years, and if the athlete is willing to undergo a treatment program approved in cooperation with the National Anti-Doping Authority, the suspension can be reduced to one month.

On Thursday, organizers decided to prevent the public from attending the Olympics due to the increase in cases of the Corona virus in Japan and the declaration of a state of emergency in the capital.

American Kendra Harrison, the world record holder in the 100-meter hurdles, said the lack of fans would not affect her hopes of winning her first Olympic medal.

"In the midst of facing the best in the world, you don't really care about the people in the stands, the only concern is going out and doing your best," Harrison told Spectrum News 1.

The New Zealand Olympic Committee said its athletes were preparing for this scenario and the lack of fans.

And the team psychiatrist, Kayleigh Wilson, continued: “The athletes prepared because there were no fans, and this was essential in their preparation for these games.”

The veteran Australian swimming coach, Michael Ball, pointed out that the most successful in the Olympics are those who adapt quickly to changing conditions.

The Tokyo Olympics start on July 23.