American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson may be taking steps toward healing her feud with Team Jamaica, the island, and just about every Jamaican on the planet.
The 21-year-old athlete’s stunning Met Gala fit was styled by Jamaica-born Theophilio designer and 2021 CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund winner Edvin Thompson.
From the Met Gala red carpet, Richardson said he felt like “Cinderella” while wearing the red and black phoenix, which “was inspired by a phoenix”.
“Just showing the world that no matter what you may see at the mud or the ashes, you can always rise up. The red is fire, and always ablaze,” she said of her outfit.
The event comes a fortnight after Richardson received some props from Jamaican track and field champion Usain Bolt.
Speaking to REVOLT, Bolt sang Richardson’s praises.
“For me, I’ve always said one thing: rules are rules,” Bolt said, referring to Richardson’s 30 days suspension for smoking marijuana.
“They’re in place for a reason. That’s how I’ve always looked at track and field. Because as soon as you get your agent, or your coach, or the person they have around you, [he/she] has to explain to you that, listen, these are the rules of the sports that you’re in. You can’t do this. You can’t do that. You can’t take this, you can’t do that,” Bolt continued.
He added: “I know it must be tough on her. And I’ve always said you should have people around you now to explain it, to make sure this mistake doesn’t happen again.”
This week, the World Anti-Doping Agency (Wada) announced plans to review the status of its cannabis ban for athletes after U.S. track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson missed out on this summer’s Tokyo Games.
“Following receipt of requests from a number of stakeholders, the [executive committee] endorsed the decision of the List Expert Advisory Group to initiate in 2022 a scientific review of the status of cannabis,” a Wada statement read. “Cannabis is currently prohibited in competition and will continue to be in 2022.”