Article has been updated 07/07/21.
Sha’Carri Richardson, one of the most exciting Track and field athletes to make it through to the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, will now be unable to compete at the Games at all following a one-month ban after testing positive for marijuana.
According to the New York Times, the positive test came at the U.S. Olympic trials last month. The result has resulted in a one-month suspension for Richardson beginning June 28.
However the month-long ban could have cleared her to run in the 4x100m relay that takes place at the Games in August, but when the relay roster was released, Richardson’s name was not on it. This means she was not selected for the U.S. Olympic Team.
While Richardson has yet to comment on the decision, she accepted the month-long ban. In a tweet earlier this week Sha’Carri Richardson wrote, “I’m sorry, I can’t be y’all Olympic Champ this year but I promise I’ll be your World Champ next year.”
I’m sorry, I can’t be y’all Olympic Champ this year but I promise I’ll be your World Champ next year 🤞🏽⚡️.— Sha’Carri Richardson (@itskerrii) July 4, 2021
Sha’Carri Richardson Blazes Through Olympic Trials
The 21-year-old exploded on social media after winning gold at the trials in the Women’s 100m sprint with a hugely impressive 10.87. This followed a wind-assisted 10.65 the day prior. Despite the ban, this will not stop Sha’Carri Richardson from having a bright future in track and field.
Richardson’s fastest time was back in April 2021 where she ran the sixth fastest legal time in history — 10.72. The current World Record for the Women’s 100m sprint is 10.49 seconds ran by Florence Delorez Griffith Joyner (a.k.a. Flo-Jo) in 1988.
Her stunning performances and inspiring story made her a favourite to win Gold for the USA in the 100m dash at the Olympics.
In a cryptic tweet following her positive narcotics test, Richardson simply wrote “I am human,” although a final ruling on whether she would part of the U.S. Olympic Team has yet to be established.
I am human— Sha’Carri Richardson (@itskerrii) July 1, 2021
100m fourth place finisher Jenna Prandini has already been notified to run for the U.S. in in Tokyo.
In an interview with NBC on Friday July 2, Richardson asked for compassion. “I just say, don’t judge me and I am human,” she said. “I’m you, I just happen to run a little faster.” She also claimed her marijuana use was to help her cope with the death of her biological mother, which she described as “definitely nerve-shocking.”
The marijuana ban has been met with huge criticism from the wider sporting community, as well as U.S. President Joe Biden.
- shacarririchardson2: Instagram