American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson will not represent USA Track and Field at the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in any event.
Less than a week after it emerged that Richardson became ineligible to run in the women’s 100 meters at the Olympics because he tested positive for marijuana in the US Olympic track and field tests. Last month, he was out. from the US roster for the Summer Games. According to ESPN, the 30-day ban linked to the positive test ends before the relays begin on August 5, which means you could have attempted to pursue a medal as a member of the 4×100 relay team.
Last Friday, Richardson admitted to ingesting marijuana upon learning of the death of his biological mother. In a statement shared by ESPN, USATF said it believes the rules regarding cannabis should be revised, but added:
“So while our sincerest understanding is from Sha’Carri, we must also maintain justice for all athletes who tried to make their dreams come true by securing a spot on the US Olympic Track and Field Team.”
The World Anti-Doping Agency and the United States Anti-Doping Agency prohibit the use of marijuana during competition periods. Sports personalities like former NFL running back Ricky Williams and others have recently endorsed Richardson, but those words didn’t help his cause when it came to running in this year’s Olympics.