US Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson Opens Up About Positive Weed Test

TOKYO, JAPAN, FEBRUARY. 14. 2020: Tokyo 2020 Olympic logo, Athletics stadium in background

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American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, one of the fastest women on the planet and a gold medal hopeful, earned her place in the Tokyo Olympics with an incredible performance at the U.S. Olympic track and field trials last month.

Unfortunately, after a failed test for marijuana, Richardson will be unable to compete for gold later this month.

The sports world was shocked by the news, and now the 21-year-old is speaking out on the failed drug test that will put her Olympic dreams on hold… for now.

“I know what I did. I know what I’m supposed to do … I still made that decision,” Richardson told Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show. “I want to take responsibility for my actions. I’m not looking for an excuse.

“Right now I’m just putting all of my energy into dealing with what I need to deal with to heal myself.”

Richardson’s one-month suspension began on June 28. 2021.

During her interview, Richardson revealed that she smoked marijuana following the news of her mother’s death — which came one week before her race at the Olympic trials.

“I’m not making an excuse or looking for empathy in my case. However, being in that position in my life, finding out something like that … Dealing with the relationship I have with my mother, that definitely was a very heavy topic on me,” she said. She explained she was “blinded by emotion blinded by bad news, blinded by just hurting, hiding hurt honestly… I was just trying to hide my pain.”

While Richardson will be unable to run the 100m race in Tokyo, there is still a chance that she could compete as part of Team USA in the 4x100m relay.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has yet to confirm whether Richardson will be able to compete in the relay.

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