Sha’Carri Richardson Banned From Participating In The 100-Meter Dash at the Tokyo Games

According to USA TODAY

Sha’Carri Richardson has been suspended for one month after testing positive for marijuana, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Friday morning.

The positive test result invalidates Richardson’s performance at the U.S. Olympic trials in Eugene, Oregon, where she won the women’s 100-meter dash, and will prevent the 21-year-old from competing in her signature event at the Tokyo Olympics later this month. It is unclear if she will be selected for the women’s 4×100 relay team.

Richardson issued an apology on NBC’s “Today” show on Friday morning.

“I want to take responsibility for my actions,” she said on NBC. “I know what I did. I know what I’m supposed to do. I know what I’m allowed not to do, and I still made that decision.”

Richardson said on the show that she ingested marijuana after an interview with a reporter in which the reporter informed her that her biological mother had died. She said it was a heavy emotional burden for her on the eve of her first Olympic trials, where she was considered the heavy favorite, and that it sent her into a state of “emotional panic.”

“It’s never been a steroid. It will never be a steroid,” Richardson said.

Marijuana is legal in Oregon, where the Olympic trials were held, but it is prohibited in-competition under World Anti-Doping Agency rules. Testing positive for the drug carries a minimum punishment of a one-month suspension.

According to USADA, Richardson’s positive test result came from a sample collected at the Olympic trials on June 19, when she ran a 10.86 in the final to qualify for her first Olympic appearance. The Dallas native accepted the terms of her provisional suspension, which began June 28.”

This is so sad. I feel like they’re making this a bigger deal than it should be.