Ahead of the 2021 Prefontaine Classic, track star Sha’Carri Richardson announced her comeback while sporting an electric blonde wig in a TikTok video.
At the beginning of the video, the 21-year-old is seen sitting in a salon chair while flaunting her natural tresses and voicing a Nicki Minaj sound clip.
“I took a couple, you know, I took some time off to rest,” Richardson mouthed over the Minaj track.
The video then transitions to the athlete all dolled up, wearing a blonde and blue wig.
“And now it’s game time b***hes. You have no idea,” she said confidently.
Minor Set Back For A Major Comback ???????? GAME TIME @1carri Follow My Insta @Tamedbybri .. Mua @skyycreation ????
After testing positive for marijuana after the Olympic trials, Richardson was suspended from the team, eliminating her chances of competing in Tokyo, as Blavity previously reported.
The track star said she used the drug as a coping mechanism after learning of the loss of her mom from a reporter. While she took responsibility for her actions, she said, "don't judge me because I am human."
Although marijuana is legal in Oregon, the state where the trials took place, the use of the drug is against Olympic rules. She was subsequently suspended for 30 days but said she was setting her sights on future competitions.
Richardson is slated to compete in the 100-meter race against Olympic medalists Elaine Thompson Herah, Shelly-Ann Fraser-Pryce and Shericka Jackson on Aug. 21 in Eugene, Oregon, as Blavity previously reported.
All three women are from Jamaican and were all awarded medals during their track and field events at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.