Sha’Carri Richardson is not going to be chosen to Tokyo relay staff — USATF
FILE PHOTO: Could 9, 2021; Walnut, CA, USA; Sha’Carri Richardson (USA) wins the ladies’s 100m in 10.77 in the course of the USATF Golden Video games at Hilmer Lodge Stadium. Obligatory Credit score: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports activities
American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson is not going to be chosen to the U.S. 4×100-metre relay staff for the 2020 Olympic Video games in Tokyo after she accepted a one-month ban for testing optimistic for hashish.
The 21-year-old, who streaked to victory within the 100m on the U.S. Olympic trials in June, was anticipated to be one of many largest attracts on the upcoming Video games in Japan.
Her supporters had hoped she may nonetheless compete within the relay occasion after the US Anti-Doping Company (USADA) confirmed the suspension final week.
“We’re extremely sympathetic towards Sha’Carri Richardson’s extenuating circumstances and strongly applaud her accountability – and can supply her our continued assist each on and off the monitor,” USA Monitor & Subject (USATF) mentioned in a written assertion.
Richardson mentioned in an NBC interview final week that she used the banned substance to deal with the dying of her mom.
The ladies’s 100m occasion in Tokyo begins on July 30, two days after her ban ends, however she is unable to compete within the occasion as her suspension worn out her outcomes on the trials. Choice to the relay staff was her solely remaining probability of competing on the Video games.
“All USATF athletes are equally conscious of and should adhere to the present anti-doping code, and our credibility because the Nationwide Governing Physique can be misplaced if guidelines have been solely enforced below sure circumstances,” USATF mentioned.
The group added it believes the World Anti-Doping Company guidelines concerning THC “can be re-evaluated.”
“Whereas our heartfelt understanding lies with Sha’Carri, we should additionally keep equity for the entire athletes who tried to comprehend their desires by securing a spot on the U.S. Olympic Monitor & Subject Crew,” it mentioned.
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