In news just in, it has been announced US athlete Sha’Carri Richardson will miss the 2021 Olympics in Tokyo in its entirety.
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As reported, the sprinting sensation raced atop headlines after reports she accepted a one-month suspension from the forthcoming Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for marijuana use.
Richardson revealed that she ate an edible after learning from a reporter that her mother had passed.
The timing of her ban meant she was benched for singles competition. However, she was considered a shoo-in for the US female relay team.
That wasn’t to be.
Because moments ago, U.S.A. Track and Field confirmed she wasn’t picked for the team.
Many, including Richardson were shocked, but the reason seems more rooted in protocol than punishment.
Per the organization, coaches had already picked the relay team and informed those selected of their status — prior to Richardson’s disqualification.
Coaches then whittled down the next six alternatives for the 100-meter race.
Ultimately, they felt it would be unfair to take away a spot from one of the runners picked and hand it to Richardson just because it was the sole way to have her onboard the team. There also isn’t a procedure in place to facilitate that type of substitution.
U.S.A. Track and Field stressed sympathy and cited the complication of Richardson’s case as being an example of why a re-evaluation of antidoping rules on marijuana use is needed. But ultimately, their hands are tied.
An official statement read:
“All U.S.A.T.F. athletes are equally aware of and must adhere to the current antidoping code, and our credibility as the national governing body would be lost if rules were only enforced under certain circumstances. So while our heartfelt understanding lies with Sha’Carri, we must also maintain fairness for all of the athletes who attempted to realize their dreams by securing a place on the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team.”
21-year-old Richardson is the fastest female sprinter in the USA.