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World 100-metre champion, Sha’Carri Richardson, laid into the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) over their changes for whereabouts reporting.

The organization recently announced that it will switch the platform through which athletes update their whereabouts for testing.

Additionally, USADA stated that athletes will have to file their 2024 first quarter whereabouts before December 15, and inability to update the information can lead to a Filing Failure. Three missed tests within a 12-month period is equal to a positive doping test. The end of 2023 may not be the most timely way of approaching the apparent whereabouts failure issues.

Screencapture from Diamond League stream of Doha 2023 meet

“Hey you all, excuse my naturalness right now, but definitely, I just want to say, I am definitely continuing to be advocating, but by December 15 all USA athletes have to update their whereabouts into a new program,” Richardson wrote on Instagram.

“And this program basically has just been thrown upon us, coming as it is a very very important year, USADA, World Athletics, whoever the organizations are, they have made these changes.”

“I just feel like it’s definitely not in the best interest of the athlete, going as it is into the Olympic year, very very crucial, so nothing unnecessary should be added on our plates.”

“Just us being able to focus on the athletes that we are, and these changes that are thrown upon us are not explained, they’re just thrown upon us and we have no choice but to adapt and learn, and nobody’s explaining anything.”

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