Sha'Carri Richardson Won't Be Able To Compete In The Olympics At All
Richardson was not selected by track officials to compete for the 4x100m relays.
July 06, 2021 at 10:55 pm
Update (July 6, 2021): After being suspended from the Olympic team and losing her chance to compete in the 100m in Tokyo, Sha'Carri Richardson will now miss out on the Olympics after not being selected for the relay event.
The New York Times reported on Tuesday that Richardson was not selected by American track officials for the 4x100m relay event. Richardson admitted to using marijuana prior to the Olympic trials last month after learning about the death of her mom by a reporter, as Blavity previously reported.
According to The New York Times, Richardson who is the fastest American woman, was suspended for 30 days after she tested positive for the drug, eliminating her chances of competing in her main event.
Although athletes must finish trials in the top three, track officials are able to select at least two additional runners regardless of their performance. If selected, Richardson would have been able to compete in the relays which take place after her suspension.
Track officials, however, had already selected and notified the additional runners for the Olympic team at the time the results of her drug test were announced.
Richardson says she will now focus on competitions after the Olympics.
Seemingly aware of the support she has since received, Richardson posted on Twitter, thanking her community.
"The support. My Community I thank y'all, the negative forget y'all and enjoy the games because we all know it won't be the same," she wrote.
The support 🤎🖤my community I thank y’all , the negative forget y’all and enjoy the games because we all know it won’t be the same 😇.— Sha’Carri Richardson (@itskerrii) July 4, 2021
She also later tweeted, promising to be the next world champion.
I’m sorry, I can’t be y’all Olympic Champ this year but I promise I’ll be your World Champ next year 🤞🏽⚡️.— Sha’Carri Richardson (@itskerrii) July 4, 2021
"I'm sorry I can't be y'all Olympic Champ this year but I promise I'll be your World Champ next year," she said.
Original (July 2, 2021): After winning the 100-meter trials in grand fashion in Eugene, Oregon, Sha’ Carri Richardson will not be able to participate in the event at the Tokyo Olympics after she tested positive for marijuana, CBS Sports reported.
Richardson failed the drug test after her victory in the women's 100m at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials, a source told NBC.
On Thursday, Richardson tweeted, "I am human."
I am human— Sha’Carri Richardson (@itskerrii) July 1, 2021