Context and empathy, please: Richardson very unlikely to run at all in Tokyo, by Alan Abrahamson, 3 Wire Sports, reprinted with permission

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I am posting this piece by Alan Abrahamson because I believe it is very important to read.

Alan Abrahamson is an Olympic sports columnist. His columns tend to challenge peoples' perceptions of all situations. Alan gets to the heart of the matter, and one tends to agree or disagree with him. There is no in-between. And, I think that is good. Alan does his homework, and his commentary adds to the appreciation of the global sports world.

Yesterday, just 11 minutes after the USATF announced the US team, I was editing over at my local Starbucks. I was getting hot as I was seeing so many errors in tweets, especially a lack of creativity in insults, that I read Alan's column.

Alan's column made me smile. He got it. He had put the situation in context, and allowed us, the kazillions who have no damn idea what is going on with Sha'Carri Richardson and should be allowing her to deal with the demons in her life, to realize that there are much more important things in life than running an Olympic 100m and a 4x100m relay.

Thanks, Alan, for writing this one!

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Before the Deluge: Sha'Carrie Richardson, June 19, 2021, photo by Kevin Morris/Kevmofoto

Context and empathy, please: Richardson very unlikely to run at all in Tokyo, by Alan Abrahamson, 3 Wire Sports, reprinted with permission

Sha'Carri Richardson is not going to run in the women's 100 meters at the Tokyo Olympics. That race is at the start of the track and field competition at the Games.

For that matter, she is very unlikely to run in the women's 4x100 meter relay. That relay is near the end.

"We have not focused on the relay," her agent, Renaldo Nehemiah, said Friday afternoon in a telephone interview. "I just felt that was not healthy for her to get excited about possibly being in Tokyo. I felt it would be a shock and a surprise. Her sights are going to be on the Prefontaine Classic," on August 21 back at Hayward Field in Eugene, Oregon, a World Athletics Diamond League meet.

Richardson's 30-day marijuana-related suspension does far more than seemingly take one of the brightest young U.S. stars out of the Tokyo Games, which begin July 23.

To read this entire piece, please go here:

https://www.3wiresports.com/articles/2021/7/2/context-and-empathy-please-richardson-very-unlikely-to-run-in-tokyo

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