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On Wednesday, three time Olympic gold medalist Dominique Dawes agreed with the of sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, who was suspended following a positive test for marijuana. While many have due to the fact that marijuana is not a performance enhancing drug, Dawes believes that rules are rules.
“I do think, you know, because it is a current rule, they need to follow the rule, and unfortunately that does mean that Richardson will not be competing in these Olympic games.”
Dawes referenced her own experience with Olympic rule-breakers in explaining why she’s a stickler for the rules.
“My last olympic games, there were rules out with regards to the age that an athlete had to be,” Dawes said. “However, Chinese gymnasts were underage, and that truly affected myself and my teammates from getting on the podium and getting a bronze medal during the 2000 Olympic games. So I’m a rule-follower.”