American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson, a medalist in the 100-meter dash at the forthcoming Olympics, tested positive for marijuana the previous month and won’t be able to carry out her signature racing competition at the Tokyo Games.
The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency declared on Friday morning that Richardson had received a one-month moratorium after testing positive for THC, the main psychoactive mix of cannabis. The optimistic examination happened after Richardson won the 100 at the U.S. Olympic sessions on June 19.
She has been retroactively disqualified from sessions, and her position in the incident in Tokyo has been given to the fourth-place finisher, Jenna Prandini. Gabby Thomas, who finished fifth, will come to be the stand-in.
Richardson’s moratorium commenced on June 28, implying she’ll be replaced in time for all trail tournaments at the Olympics. USA Track & Field could still appoint her to a sprint squad.
Sha’Carri, in a conference with the Today Show on Friday morning, verified that she consumed marijuana just days before the Olympic sessions, after learning about the demise of her biological mommy. She said she discovered her mum’s demise from a correspondent, “a stranger.” She said that ordeal was “certainly triggering” and “nerve-shocking,” and that it brought her into “a state of sentimental panic.”
She did not say precisely that that is why she wielded marijuana but talked about “handling my mental fitness,” and having to “put on a face” with cameras on her, in the tremendous time of her track profession. “I know that I can’t conceal, so at least, in some kind of way, I would just try to hide my grief,” she said.
On Thursday, after discovering the positive test, she tweeted: “I am human.”
On Friday, Richardson asked forgiveness from enthusiasts and supporters and took accountability for her activities. “I know what I did, I know what I’m presumed to do, what I’m authorized not to do,” she said. “And I still made that decision.”