Sha’Carri Richardson was not selected by the American Athletics Federation (USATF) for the Tokyo Olympics (July 23-August 8). The sprinter was already sure she would not compete in the 100m, after receiving a one-month suspension from the American Anti-Doping Agency (USADA), following a positive test for cannabis. But the USATF also decided not to select Richardson for the 4x100m relay.
In a statement released Tuesday, the USATF assured the athlete of his “Support”, but explain that his “Credibility as a governing body would be lost if the rules were applied only in certain cases”. The sprinter had explained having bought cannabis in Oregon, where the American selections were held, after learning of the death of her biological mother, who had abandoned her during her childhood. The USATF also specifies in its message that “The rules for THC (the substance found in cannabis) should be reassessed.”
Winner of the 100m at the American selections (in 10”86), 21-year-old Sha’Carri Richardson was one of the big favorites of the event at the Olympic Games.