Sha’Carri Richardson Will Miss The Tokyo Olympics Entirely After Officials Decided Not To Include Her On A U.S. Relay Team
Sha’Carri Richardson, who is already suspended, will not be part of the United States’ 4×100 team at the Tokyo Olympics, according to the roster USA Track and Field. This was the sprinter’s last chance to participate in this summer’s Games. As previously reported, the 100 meters champion at the U.S. Olympic trials last month, had been ruled out of her signature event because of a positive marijuana test and the one-month suspension that she received.
Sha’Carri Richardson discussed the situation, telling the Today show:
“Honestly, I wanna take responsibility for my actions. I know what I did, I know what I’m supposed to do, I know what I’m not allowed to do, and I still made that decision. But I’m not making an excuse, I’m not looking for any empathy in my case. However, being in that position of my life [and] finding out [about my mother’s passing] definitely was a very heavy topic on me… To put on a face, to have to go in front of the world and put on a face and hide my pain… Who am I to tell you how to cope when you’re dealing with a pain or a struggle that you’ve never experienced before, or that you’ve never thought you’d have to deal with? Like who am I to tell you how to cope?”
For context, just days before the Olympic trials, a reporter broke the news to Sha’Carri Richardson that her biological mother passed away. The heartbreaking news and traumatic delivery, as well as the overall pressure she was under at the time, influenced her decision to smoke some weed. For the record, Richardson ingested the marijuana while in Oregon–where it is recreationally legal. However, despite not breaking any laws, she, unfortunately, did violate the rules of her sport.
— TODAY (@TODAYshow) July 2, 2021
Sha’Carri has yet to comment about this latest news.
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