Well, Sha’Carri Richardson, the woman who won the US Olympic Trials in such blazing fashion in the 100m had a positive test for a banned substance, in this case, Marijuana or an active ingredient in Marijuana. The silliness of the situation has been pointed out, as well as the confusing statements by Sha’Carri Richardson.Due to her act of contrition, WADA, USADA, and AIU may give her a month’s ban, which means that she could run in the 4 X 100 meters at the end of the Tokyo Olympics. Stay tuned on that one.
It is sad. On a day that I want to write about Karston Warholm and his new WR, I am writing about a very dumb rule, and a less than a clear view of anti-doping by fans, sponsors, and media. USADA, WADA, and Athletics Integrity Unit continue to allow situations to take away from its mandate.
Just an unsettling day…
Richardson to miss 100 m
EUGENE (USA): Sha’Carri Richardson looks set to miss the 100m at the Tokyo Olympics after accepting a one-month ban for testing positive for marijuana at last month’s US Olympic Trials in Eugene where she won the 100m, informs The Guardian. “I want to take responsibility for my actions, I know what I did and what I’m not supposed to do…I’m just putting all my time and energy into taking care of myself. If I’m allowed to compete I am grateful but I’m going to focus on myself. To my fans, family, and haters, I apologize. I know I represent a community that shows great love and I failed you,” said Richardson who could still potentially compete for the United States in the 4x100m at the Tokyo Olympics. USATF said in a statement: “Sha’Carri Richardson’s situation is incredibly unfortunate and devastating for everyone involved. Athlete health and well-being continue to be one of USATF’s most critical priorities and we will work with Sha’Carri to ensure she has ample resources to overcome any mental health challenges now and in the future.” In case the situation confirmed fourth in the 100 m final was Jenna Prandini.