Opinion | Sha’Carri Richardson and the Absurd Disqualifications of Female Athletes

To the Editor:

Re “Sha’Carri Richardson, a Track Sensation, Tests Positive for Marijuana” (nytimes.com, July 2):

What a circus! The disqualification of outstanding female athletes from certain events in advance of the Olympics has ranged from absurd (Shelby Houlihan suspended over a substance she attributes to a tainted burrito), to eye-roll-inducing (Sha’Carri Richardson testing positive for marijuana, which she used after learning of the death of her biological mother) to incredibly subjective and invasive (Christine Mboma and Beatrice Masilingi being barred for naturally high testosterone levels).

In response to the news of her suspension, Sha’Carri tweeted, “I am human.” Can these humans be allowed to eat burritos, process stress/trauma and compete in their own bodies? I, for one, am not interested in watching robots compete in the Olympics.

Sidney Matthews
Los Angeles

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