It is official: Sha’Carri Richardson will not run at the Tokyo Olympics later this month.
After being disqualified from the 100m due to a failed drug test for marijuana, there was some hope that Richardson could still represent the United States in track and field. Unfortunately, she was not included on the roster for the 4x100m relay which officially ends her opportunity to run in Tokyo.
“While USATF fully agrees that the merit of the World Anti-Doping Agency rules related to THC should be reevaluated, it would be detrimental to the integrity of the U.S. Olympic Team Trials for Track & Field if USATF amended its policies following competition, only weeks before the Olympic Games,” a statement from U.S. Track and Field read.
Richardson, however, is keeping a positive attitude.
“This is just one Games. I’m 21, I’m very young. … I have plenty of Games left in me to compete in and I have plenty of talent that backs me up, because everything I do comes from me naturally. No steroid, no anything,” she said during an appearance on the TODAY Show this week.
“This incident was about marijuana, so after my sanction is up I’ll be back and able to compete, and every single time I step on the track I’ll be ready for whatever anti-doping agency to come and get what it is that they need.”
The Olympics officially kick off on Friday, July 23 and will run through Sunday, August 8.