Sha'Carri Richardson not picked for 4x100 relay team, will miss Tokyo Olympics
Sha'Carri Richardson will miss the Tokyo Olympics after USA Track & Field announced its full roster of athletes Tuesday, revealing that she has not been selected as a member of the 4x100 relay team.
The organization said in a statement that while it has sympathy for Richardson, who is serving a one-month suspension after testing positive for marijuana at the U.S. Olympic trials last month, it also has a responsibility to "maintain fairness for all of the athletes."
"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," the organization said in the statement.
though, USATF argued for a reevaluation of the World Anti-Doping Agency's rules related to marijuana. It also said, first and foremost, that it was "incredibly sympathetic toward Sha'Carri Richardson's extenuating circumstances ... and will offer her our continued support both on and off the track."
Richardson said last week, after confirming news of the positive test, that she'd used marijuana after learning of the death of her biological mother. Richardson said that hearing the news from a "complete stranger" had been "triggering" and "nerve-shocking," and that it sent her into "a state of emotional panic."
But, USATF said: "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. 먹튀검증
"So 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."
Richardson, when asked last week on the Today Show whether she hoped to be named to the Olympic relay team, said, “Right now, I’m just putting all of my time and energy into dealing with what I need to do to heal myself. If I’m allowed to receive that blessing, then I’m grateful for it. But if not, right now, I’m gonna just focus on myself.”
Richardson, in the interview, took responsibility for the positive test, and apologized to fans, family and sponsors for letting them down. She also promised: "This'll be the last time the Olympics don't see Sha'Carri Richardson. And this'll be the last time the U.S. doesn't come home with a gold medal in the 100."