Sha'Carri Richardson was suspended after a positive marijuana test

American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was a favorite for the 100-meter dash at the next Olympics. She tested positive for marijuana last week and will not run her signature race at Tokyo Games.

The U.S. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Friday morning that Richardson had received a one-month suspension for testing positive for THC. This is the primary psychoactive compound found in cannabis. Richardson had won the 100 at the U.S. Olympic Trials on June 19.

Retroactively, she has been disqualified from trials, and Jenna Prandini, fourth place, has been given her Tokyo event spot. Gabby Thomas, fifth place, will be the alternate.

Richardson was suspended from June 28 to June 28. She will be reinstated for all Olympic track events. USA Track & Field could still add Richardson to a relay team.

Richardson confirmed to the Today Show that she had consumed marijuana days before the Olympic trials. This was after hearing about the death of Richardson’s biological mother. Richardson said that she heard about the death of her birth mother from a reporter. She described the experience as “definitely triggering” a “nerve-shocking,” which sent her into an “emotional panic.”

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Although she did not specifically mention that this was why she used marijuana for that purpose, she spoke of “dealing with mental health” and the need to “put on an act” in front of cameras, which was the most significant moment in her track career. She said, “I know I can’t hide my pain so at least, in a certain way, I would try to hide it.”

After learning about the positive test on Thursday, she tweeted, “I am human.”

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Sha’Carri Richardson won 100m at the Olympic Trials in 10.86 seconds. She was expected to compete in Tokyo for a Gold Medal. (Patrick Smith/Getty Images).
American sprinter Sha’ Carri Richardson was a favorite for the 100-meter dash at the next Olympics. She tested positive for marijuana last week and will not run her signature race at Tokyo Games.

The U.S. The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced Friday morning that Richardson had received a one-month suspension for testing positive for THC. This is the primary psychoactive compound found in cannabis. Richardson had won the 100 at the U.S. Olympic Trials on June 19 June, 19.

Retroactively, she has been disqualified from trials, and Jenna Prandini, fourth place, has been given her Tokyo event spot. Gabby Thomas, fifth place, will be the alternate.

Richardson was suspended from June 28 to June 28. She will be reinstated for all Olympic track events. USA Track & Field could still add Richardson to a relay team.

Richardson confirmed to the Today Show that she had consumed marijuana days before the Olympic trials. This was after hearing about the death of Richardson’s biological mother. Richardson said that she heard about the death of her birth mother from a reporter. She described the experience as “definitely triggering” a “nerve-shocking” and sent her into an “emotional panic.”

Although she did not specifically mention that this was why she used marijuana for that purpose, she spoke of “dealing with mental health” and the need to “put on an act” in front of cameras, which was the most significant moment in her track career. She said, “I know I can’t hide my pain so at least, I would try to hide it in some way.”

After learning about the positive test on Thursday, she tweeted, “I am human.”

I am human

Sha’Carri Richardson, @itskerrii July 1, 2021

Richardson apologized Friday to her sponsors and fans and accepted responsibility for her actions. She said, “I know what happened, I know what I should do, and what I am allowed to not do.” “I made that decision and I’m still here.”

While marijuana is legal in Oregon (where trials took place) and the other U.S. States, the World Anti-Doping Agency(WADA) considers cannabis to be a “substance abuse.” All cannabis-based products, except cannabidiol or CBD, are listed on WADA’s 2021 Prohibited List.

They are also banned from “in-competition.” The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency and the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee, and USA Track and Field follow WADA’s code.

A suspension of up to one year is the maximum punishment for positive tests. A break of one month is the minimum for a positive test. WADA guidance says that if an athlete can prove that ingestion or use occurred outside of competition and is not related to sports performance, then ineligibility will be three months.

It can be reduced to one month after the athlete completes a substance abuse treatment program.

USADA announced Friday that Richardson’s ineligibility was reduced by one month due to her use of marijuana outside of competition. It was also unrelated to her sports performance and because she completed a counseling program about her cannabis use. She was the third person to be suspended for “substance abuse” in this year’s anti-doping program. Last month, 400-meter runner Kahmari Monty also accepted a one-month ban for marijuana.

Travis Tygart, USA DA CEO, stated that Richardson was suspended for violating the rules, but it was heartbreaking on so many levels.

Richardson, 21 years old, was widely considered a breakout star at the Olympics. She was the fastest to win 100 at trials in 10.86 seconds.

After her debut season at LSU, Richardson became a pro athlete. She won the NCAA title and broke the 100-meter record by running it in 10.75 seconds. Richardson, who ran 10.72 seconds in trials in April, was the sixth-fastest time ever recorded in the history of this event.

Only Shelly-Ann Fraser Price of Jamaica has run the 100-meter in a quicker time this year than Fraser-Price. Fraser-Price ran the race in 10.63 seconds and is a two-time gold medalist. Their race was one of the most anticipated at the Olympics, which began July 23.

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