The fastest woman on the planet cannot compete in the Tokyo Olympics. The United States Anti-Doping Agency [USADA] suspended sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson for one-month.
She tested positive on June 19th for trace amounts of marijuana. The Tokyo Olympics start this July 23rd. Sha’Carri Richardson had been favored to win gold in the 100-meters.
In an appearance on The Today Show, Sha’Carri Richardson took responsibility and apologized. She explained how she reached for marijuana in the wake of her mother’s sudden death (quote) “As much as I’m disappointed, I know that when I step on that track, I don’t represent myself, I represent a community that has shown me great support, great love.”
Sha’Carri Richardson could have been suspended for three months. Because she “completed a counseling program” that suspension was reduced. There’s an outside chance she will represent Team USA in the 4x 100-meter relay. The relays race after her suspension concludes. (NBC Sports)