Sha’Carri Richardson Left Off US Olympic Relay Team
Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was left off the official US Olympic 4×400 metre relay team which means she will miss competing in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics.
After the champion sprinter received a one-month ban and an event disqualification from the World Anti-Doping Agency for testing positive for cannabis on June 28, it became clear that Richardson would not be allowed to compete in the women’s 100-meter sprint event as part of Team USA.
Since the one-month ban would lift by the time the Track and Field events are scheduled to begin in Tokyo, however, it was not immediately clear whether or not Richardson might be able to compete as part of the women’s 4×100-meter relay team.
Tuesday’s official roster release makes it clear that Richardson will not compete in the 2021 Olympic games.
The 21-year-old won the 100m at the US Olympic trials in Oregon in June and earlier this year ran the sixth-fastest time in history.
Supporters of the Texan had hoped she could take part in the relay in Tokyo as the ban expires on 28 June.
She said she had used cannabis as a way of coping after the death of her biological mother.
“I apologise for the fact that I didn’t even know how to control my emotions or deal with that during that time,” she told a US broadcaster on Friday.
Richardson had already suggested she would not be competing in Tokyo.