Sha’Carri Richardson Banned from Competing in 100m Trials for Testing Positive for Marijuana
American sprinting champion Sha'Carri Richardson was suspended from running in her signature event at the Tokyo Olympics due to a positive test result for marijuana.
During an interview, Richardson admitted to using marijuana at the US Olympic trials after a reporter let her know that her biological mother had passed away.
Richardson said that marijuana helped her cope with the death of her mother and with the pressure to meet expectations at the Olympic Games.
She also emphasized that she has never used performance-enhancement drugs and that she never will.
"There will never be a steroid associated with the name Sha'Carri Richardson," said Richardson, via the Washington Post.
After her interview, the US Anti-Doping Agency suspended her from competing in the 100m trials for one month.
She could still be eligible to run the 4x100m relay, but track officials have yet to make a decision.
And although Richardson's 30-day ban ends before the Olympic Games begin, her trials performance is null, meaning she technically did not qualify.
A USATF spokesperson said in a statement that Richardson's positive test "is incredibly unfortunate and devastating for everyone involved."
Fourth-place trials finisher Jenna Prandini would be first in line to replace Richardson.
Even though the major sports leagues in the United States have loosened restrictions on marijuana use, the IOC still holds its strict stance on athletes using cannabis.