After U.S. sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson called out the Olympics for its alleged double standards when suspending players for use of banned substances, the International Olympic Committee (IOC) issued a statement dismissing her accusations. 

“You can’t talk about double standards in relation to Russian and American athletes, each case is individual,” IOC spokesman Mark Adams said, The Guardian reports.

According to the National Post, he also commented that "every single case is very different. She [Richardson] tested positive on June 19, 2021, quite a way ahead of the Tokyo Games."

The Tokyo Olympics were postponed due to COVID-19 and commenced on July 23, 2021.

"Her results came in early order for USADA (U.S. Anti-Doping Agency) to deal with the case on time, before the Games. Ms. Richardson accepted a one-month period of ineligibility which began on June 28," he continued. "I would suggest that there isn't a great deal of similarity between the two cases."

Adams' remarks came after Richardson tweeted her thoughts on the Olympics allowing Russian skater Kamila Valieva, 15, to compete in Beijing even though she tested positive for trimetazidine, a banned drug, The Guardian reports.