In shocking news ace American sprinter and US 100m Champion Sha’Carri Richardson failed a dope test that could lead her to miss the Tokyo Olympics altogether. The young 21-year-old created waves at the US Trials and was a serious contender for gold at the Tokyo Olympics.
Sha’Carri did not use steroids and was reportedly tested positive for marijuana. Richardson may face a 30 day suspension, which will continue into the Tokyo Olympics, making her miss the 100m race. She may still be able to run the 4x100m relay. However, it is yet unclear whether she has qualified for the relay.
“I am Human,” tweets Sha’Carri Richardson, as her chances at the Tokyo Olympics may be all but over
Richardson withdrew from the Diamond League meet in Stockholm following the situation, where she was supposed to take part in the 200m and then went on to write a cryptic tweet saying she was human.
Richardson is looking to be replaced by Jenna Prandini, who came 4th in the 100m at the US Track and Field Trials, if the allegations officially result in her suspension.
The drug in question, cannabis, has been categorised as a ‘Substance of Abuse’ by the World Anti-Doping Agency since January 2021, and an athlete can face a maximum 4 year ban. Only if an athlete can show that the substance was used outside of competition and had no effect on sports performance, the suspension will be reduced to three months with no need to look into the degree of guilt.