Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson Not Selected for US Olympics Team
By: Teddy Grant
American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson will miss the Tokyo Olympics in its entirety after not being selected for the U.S. Olympic team, according to The Wall Street Journal.
The decision by USA Track & Field on Tuesday comes after Richardson, 21, failed a drug test last week for smoking marijuana, resulting in a 30-day suspension and being disqualified from the women’s 100-meter race.
“While USATF fully agrees that the merit of the World Anti-Doping Agency rules related to THC should be reevaluated, it would be detrimental to the integrity of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track & Field if USATF amended its policies following competition, only weeks before the Olympic Games,” USATF said in a statement.
There was a possibility that Richardson would race as part of the 4×100 relay team since her suspension ends before the start of relays on Aug. 5.
Marijuana and cannabis are banned substances under the USADA Protocol for Olympic and Paralympic Movement Testing and under the United States Olympic and Paralympic Committee National Anti-Doping Policy.
Richardson told NBC’s TODAY that she accepted responsibility but didn’t want people to judge her.
“Don’t judge me because I am human… I just happen to run a little faster,” she said.
The Tokyo Olympics take place from July 23 to Aug. 8.