Sha’Carri Richardson might have self-sabotaged her very own Olympic dreams after failing her drug test. Just after we thought Sha’Carri would be attending the Olympics, U.S. Track & Field officials left the fastest woman in America off the 4 x 100m squad.
Sha’Carri and her 30-day suspension
Despite her suspension, it will end right before the relay race since it’s only for 30 days. Sha’Carri Richardson recently tested positive for marijuana after the Olympic Trials last month but thankfully accepted the 1-month ban which gives her a chance to be included in the relay.
Many were outraged by this incident since weed is largely used and it wasn’t like she took hard drugs, but USOC officials stood by the punishment. Sha’Carri missed the 100-meter race but still has a chance to be included on the 4 x 100-meter relay team.
Well, at first we thought this until when track officials announced today that Sha’Carri has been kicked off the team, which means she won’t be running in any races at the Tokyo games.
But according to Sha’Carri she used marijuana as a way to cope with the stress and pressure of her mom’s passing. The strange part of her suspension was the fact that the use of recreational pot is legal in Oregon — where the trials were run.
On Tuesday afternoon, USATF released a statement on the decision stating it’s “incredibly sympathetic” towards Richardson’s situation, but it would be “detrimental to the integrity” of the organization to make adjustments to the rules a week before the Games.
the statement read, “All USATF athletes are equally aware of and must adhere to the current anti-doping code, and our credibility as the National Governing Body would be lost if rules were only enforced under certain circumstances,”
After all that, USATF adored her for owning up to her actions and have made agreements on the adjustments of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s guidelines.
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