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Richardson left off US 4x100m relay team for Tokyo

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Sha’Carri Richardson’s positive test came at the US Olympic trials event last month; 21-year-old could have still featured at Tokyo Games as her suspension ends before Tokyo’s track and field programme begins on July 30

Last Updated: 06/07/21 11:42pm


American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson will miss the Tokyo Olympics after she was omitted from the USA’s 4x100m relay team following her one-month ban for testing positive for cannabis.

The 21-year-old won the 100m at the US Olympic trials in June and was expected to be one of the biggest draws at the upcoming Tokyo Games.

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Richardson’s positive test came at the Olympic trials event in Oregon and her suspension – which began on June 28 – finishes before Tokyo’s track and field programme begins on 30 July.

But her results at the trials have been wiped out and the United States Anti-Doping Agency had said her eligibility for the Games would be a decision for US Track and Field (USATF) and the US Olympic and Paralympic Committee.

“We are incredibly sympathetic toward Sha’Carri Richardson’s extenuating circumstances and strongly applaud her accountability – and will offer her our continued support both on and off the track,” USATF said in a statement.

Richardson said in an NBC interview last week that she used the banned substance to cope with the death of her mother.

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She was regarded as one of the favourites for a gold medal in the 100m, having run the sixth-fastest time in history this year.

The USTF added: “All USATF athletes are equally aware of and must adhere to the current anti-doping code, and our credibility as the National Governing Body would be lost if rules were only enforced under certain circumstances.”

The organisation said it believes the World Anti-Doping Agency rules regarding tetrahydrocannabinol, the main psychoactive constituent of cannabis, “would be re-evaluated.”

“While our heartfelt understanding lies with Sha’Carri, we must also maintain fairness for all of the athletes who attempted to realize their dreams by securing a place on the U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team,” it said.

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Richardson left off US 4x100m relay team for Tokyo
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