Richardson secured her spot at the Tokyo Olympics with a stunning victory in the women’s 100 meters at the Olympic track and field trials in the United States last month. But she was suspended for a month from the Olympic team after testing positive for THC, a chemical found in marijuana, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced last week.
The women’s 4×100-meter relay is scheduled after the end of the suspension, but Richardson was not selected for the relay group.
“First and foremost, we are incredibly sympathetic to Sha’Carri Richardson’s extenuating circumstances and we warmly applaud his responsibility – and we will offer our continued support on and off the track,” a statement from Sha’Carri Richardson said on Tuesday. USATF officials.
“While the USATF fully agrees that the merit of the World Anti-Doping Agency’s rules relating to THC be reassessed, it would be detrimental to the integrity of the US Olympic team’s trials for track and field if the “USATF was changing its policies after the competition, just weeks before the Olympics,” the USATF said.
CNN has contacted the sprinter’s agent for comment.
Richardson said in an interview with NBC’s “Today” show on Friday that she used marijuana after learning from a reporter that her birth mother had died.
“I just thought it would be a normal interview, then during the interview to hear this information coming from a complete stranger, it was really a trigger, it was shocking to the nerves because it’s like who is. -you tell me that? ” she told NBC.
“From there, just blinded by the emotions, blinded by the bad news, blinded by just hiding my pain, honestly for the fact that I can’t hide, so at least in a way I ‘was trying to hide my pain,’ she said. mentionned.
The USATF, the governing body of athletics in the United States, said its credibility would be lost if the rules were “enforced only in certain circumstances.”
The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and USADA qualify cannabis as a prohibited substance because it “poses a risk to the health of athletes, has the potential to improve performance and violates the spirit of the sport.”
Javianne Oliver, Teahna Daniels and Jenna Prandini will compete in the 100 meters at the Olympic Games in Tokyo, thanks to their finishes in the test event. They will be part of the six-member relay squad, as will 100-meter substitute Gabby Thomas.
The squad will also include English Gardner, who finished sixth at the Olympic Trials. She raced the third stage for the winning US team at the 2016 Olympics. The other squad member is Aleia Hobbs, who was seventh in the trials. She was the anchor for the U.S. gold medalist team at the 2019 World Relays.
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