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Richardson left off US 4x100m relay team for Tokyo

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.

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.

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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Report: Stages of Olympic torch relay to be pulled off Tokyo roads

It’s not clear what the alternative plans will be for the torch if it is removed from public streets in Tokyo.

TOKYO, Japan — Some stages of the Tokyo Olympic torch relay will be pulled off the roads of the Japanese capital because of fears about spreading the coronavirus, Japan’s Kyodo news agency reported on Tuesday.

Citing the Tokyo Metropolitan Government, Kyodo said the relay would not appear on public streets from July 9-16. Kyodo said organizers would decide on the format for the relay from July 17 until the opening ceremony on July 23.

The relay began in March in northeastern Japan. It has faced numerous detours, scaled back programs, and has been run at times only in public park spaces to avoid spreading the virus.

Tokyo is under a quasi-state of emergency until July 11 with infection cases rising again. Tokyo confirmed 476 new cases on Tuesday, up from 435 last Tuesday. It the 10th straight day that cases were higher than they were seven days previously.

Japan has attributed about 14,500 deaths to COVID-19, better than many countries but not as good as some Asian neighbors.

It’s not clear what the alternative plans will be for the torch if it is removed from public streets in Tokyo.

Initial plans called for 10,000 runners to crisscross Japan for 121 days, winding up at the new National Stadium on July 23.

The relay is heavily sponsored by Coca-Cola and Toyota. Some suggested canceling the relay to save money after the Olympics were postponed 15 months ago, but any such plans were quickly scrapped.

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Dog breaks loose from owners and wins relay race at track meet

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The crowd was roaring as the four-legged pup sprinted past the other competitors during the last leg of a relay race.

WASHINGTON — A fast and feisty pup decided she was done sitting on the sidelines during a recent high school track meet in Utah.  

During the last leg of the varsity girls 4×200 meter relay at the 2021 Grizzly Invitational on April 17, Holly the dog got away from her owners and pounced right in.

Video posted online shows Holly pawing her way past the other competitors, eventually chasing down the lead runner, Gracie Laney, and passing her just before the finish line. 

It wound up being a close call at the end as Holly cut in front of Laney right at the finish line. 

Laney, a senior at Logan High School, told KSL TV she could hear the crowd cheering as she sprinted down the final stretch and could tell someone (or something) was getting closer to her. 

Laney told KSL she eventually realized it was a dog running side-by-side as they neared the finish line. Once she figured out what was happening, she was worried she’d trip over the dog or the dog would get injured by her spikes. 

Thankfully, everyone finished the race unscathed…except for a bit of embarrassment for Holly’s owners, who wound up being the parents of another student competing later at the track meet. 

While Holly did technically take first place, Laney’s team wound up getting credit for winning the relay race. 

Olympic Games torch relay to begin Thursday from northeastern Japan

The relay could be the “canary in the coalmine” for attempting to hold the Olympics in four months despite the pandemic.

TOKYO, Japan — The Olympic torch relay is usually just a sideshow for the real thing; the prelude, the buildup, the warm-up act that could be skipped.

Not this time. All eyes will be on the torch relay when it begins on Thursday from northeastern Japan, headed to the opening ceremony of the postponed Tokyo Olympics on July 23: 121 days with 10,000 runners expected to crisscross Japan’s 47 prefectures.
The relay could be the “canary in the coalmine” for attempting to hold the Olympics in four months despite the pandemic. Social distancing, mask-wearing and limited crowds that are prohibited from loud cheering will be the order when the relay starts from Fukushima prefecture.
If the relay has problems, if COVID-19 cases pop up and if there are delays, it could send up red flags about the feasibility of holding the Olympics.
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Here’s how seriously it’s being taken: Toshiro Muto, the CEO of the organizing committee and a former deputy governor of the Bank of Japan, is in charge of the relay and not a secondary department head.
It was exactly at the start of the relay a year ago that the Olympics were postponed because of the coronavirus pandemic. It was the first postponement since the modern Olympic began in 1896.


This is the event that organizers and the International Olympic Committee hope will help turn public opinion in Japan in favor of the Olympics. The slogan for the relay is “Hope Lights Our Way.” The notion is that the Olympics will be uplifting and a light at the end of the tunnel, which will allow Japan and the IOC to bask in the glow of the world returning to near-normal.
Sentiments expressed in polls in Japan so far are overwhelmingly negative with about 80% suggesting another delay or cancellation.
“We are fully aware that there still are people with anxieties around the Tokyo Olympic games,” Muto said Wednesday. He said people should be encouraged since many sports events in Japan are being held with fans attending.
The relay and the Olympics both stir fear that they could spread the virus. There is also opposition to the rising cost of staging the Olympics, now put officially at $ 15.4 billion. Several audits suggest it’s twice that much and a University of Oxford study says these are the most expensive Olympics on record.


The start of the relay will be from Fukushima prefecture, the area of Japan that was devastated 10 years ago by an earthquake, tsunami and the related meltdown of three nuclear reactors. At least 18,000 died in the tragedy of March 11, 2011.
Until the Olympics were delayed for a year, the focus on the relay was to be on the rebuilding of the northeastern area. Much is still left to be done. Since the postponement, much of the public-relations focus has shifted to the global recovery from the pandemic.
Organizers are again trying to incorporate the rebuilding of the area into their messaging, aware that some residents feel the area has been overlooked and that the Olympics have siphoned off resources.
Seiko Hashimoto, the president of the Tokyo organizing committee, said Wednesday she hopes the relay will inspire “the affected people who still struggle to normalize their lives.”
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The so-called Grand Start of the relay on Thursday will be closed to the general public. Extensive precautions are in place, which includes limiting the size of the staff coming from Tokyo. The capital is where COVID-19 has been most severe, and the fear is that the relay could spread it to rural Japan.
There was talk at first of canceling the relay. But it is heavily sponsored by Toyota and Coca-Cola. The relay was first rolled out in the 1936 Berlin Olympics.
“We will work in close collaboration with the municipalities to avoid density along the roadside routes and venues to have a completely safe operation,” Hashimoto said.


The first runner will be Norio Sasaki, who coached the Japanese team to the soccer Women’s World Cup title in 2011. About 15 members of the team will also run during the first day, although Homare Sawa, captain of the 2011 winning team, withdrew with unspecified health reasons.
The relay starts from J-Village, which is a national soccer training center located in Fukushima. It was used as a staging area for relief work during and after the catastrophe.
“The power of sports is something that can be delivered to not only Japan but to the world,” Sasaki said. “That is the mission and responsibility I feel is expected of us. That is the passion I will be carrying with me as I run the torch relay tomorrow.”