AOC says Olympic ban on marijuana is 'instrument' of racism following Black track star's suspension

New York Democrat Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez claimed Friday the rule barring marijuana use during the Olympic races was an "instrument of racist and colonial policy." The congresswoman’s comments followed the announcement that U.S. champion Sha’Carri Richardson will not be running in the 100-meter race after she tested positive for THC, a chemical found in marijuana, at the Olympic trials – voiding her first-place results.
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Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson suspended one month after marijuana test, putting Olympics in doubt

American sprinting champion Sha’Carri Richardson apologized for the positive marijuana test that will prevent her from running her signature event at the Tokyo Olympics, saying in a “Today” show interview Friday that she used marijuana at the U.S. Olympic trials to cope with the discovery that her biological mother had died and the pressure to meet expectations.
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Cancel the Tokyo Olympics? It's unlikely. Here's why

Tokyo — Are the Tokyo Olympics on, or off? Weighed down by a litany of negative news, unwanted by much of the Japanese public and medical community, the fate of the Games seems murky. Start searching online for "Olympics," and it often auto-fills with "cancellation." But while questions about the...
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Hurdler Brianna McNeal loses appeal of five-year ban, will miss Tokyo Olympics

Olympic hurdling champion Brianna McNeal will miss the Tokyo Olympics after her appeal of a five-year ban for violating anti-doping rules was rejected Friday. The ban could effectively end the career of McNeal, 29, who claimed the gold medal in the 100-meter hurdles at the Rio de Janeiro Olympics in 2016 but received a five-year ban in April from the Athletics Integrity Unit for tampering with the doping-control process.

Swimming caps designed for natural hair banned from Tokyo Olympic Games

Swimming caps designed for natural Black hair — and created by a Black-owned company — will not be allowed at the upcoming Olympic Games in Tokyo. The International Swimming Federation (FINA) rejected an application submitted last year by the British brand Soul Cap for its products to be officially recognized. The decision means the caps cannot be worn at the upcoming Games, the company said.

Athletics-Namibia contenders withdrawn from Olympic 400m race

WINDHOEK, July 2 (Reuters) - Namibia athletes Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi have been withdrawn from the 400m event at the Olympic Games after tests revealed their testosterone levels were too high, the Namibia National Olympic Committee and Commonwealth Games Association said on Friday. Both Mboma and Masilingi failed to...

No clear favorite for men’s water polo at Tokyo Olympics

HIGHLIGHTS FROM RIO: Led by Maggie Steffens and Ashleigh Johnson, the U.S. women rolled to their second straight gold medal. Steffens was named MVP for the second straight Olympics, and Johnson provided a steady presence in goal. Filip Filipovic and Dusan Mandic helped Serbia win the men’s tournament for the first time after finishing third in each of the previous two games. Mandic scored four times and Filipovic had two goals during an 11-7 victory over Croatia in the final.

France coach Ripoll names 11 new players in Olympic squad

PARIS (AP) — Sylvain Ripoll named 11 new players in France’s Olympic soccer squad on Friday after resistance from several clubs to the coach’s initial selection. Although Ripoll picked 21 players, only 19 will fly out to Tokyo, the French Football Federation said. Montpellier goalkeeper Dimitry Bertaud and Lille forward...

Tokyo Olympics To Be A Dry Event After Organizers Abruptly Reverse Course

SEOUL, South Korea — Organizers of the Tokyo Olympics abruptly reversed a decision, announced the previous day, to sell alcohol at Olympic venues, following criticism from medical experts and ordinary Japanese. The games are due to start in one month's time, despite calls for them to be canceled, due to...

Jade Jones, Wu Jingyu chase 3 golds at Olympic taekwondo

Jade Jones, Wu Jingyu chase 3 golds at Olympic taekwondo. HIGHLIGHTS FROM RIO: South Korea topped the medals table with two golds and three bronzes. ... Ahmad Abughaush won Jordan’s first Olympic medal in any sport with gold at 68 kg. ... Cheick Sallah Cissé won Ivory Coast’s first gold medal in even more dramatic fashion, clinching his victory with a three-point head kick in the final second of his bout. ... Britain’s Jade Jones won her second straight gold at featherweight.

Japan Reacts To The BBC's Tokyo Olympics Promo

As part of its Tokyo Olympics coverage, the BBC did a big, expensive-looking promo. It’s packed with fantasy-land Japan stuff (which is quite different from how the country actually is!), playing to different notions and expectations that visitors often have. If you haven’t seen the spot, you can check it...