Track star Sha’Carri Richardson will not be officially competing at the Tokyo Olympics.
Richardson’s name was reportedly not on the USATF list that was sent out. ESPN reports that the federation had two discretionary picks beyond the top four finishers in the 100-meter final in the trials, but did not select the sprinter, who was expected to fight for the gold medal.
Richardson’s positive test nullified his victory at the Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon last month and the place he won for a trip to Tokyo in the 100 meters, which is within the 30-day suspension. The start of the relays on August 5, however, passed the suspension window, which left open the possibility of participating in the relay.
The 21-year-old agent, Renaldo Nehemiah, gave a statement to ESPN saying: “We haven’t talked about it at all. Actually, it wasn’t an issue we focused on.”
The USATF said in a statement that it was “incredibly sympathetic to Sha’Carri Richardson’s extenuating circumstances” and “fully agrees” that international rules regarding marijuana should be reassessed.
“So while our sincerest understanding is from Sha’Carri, we must also uphold justice for all athletes who tried to make their dreams come true by securing a spot on the US Olympic Athletics Team,” the statement read .