OREGON: Sha’Carri Richardson, a USA top Track & Field athlete has not been selected as a member of the 4×100 relay team, and will therefore miss the Tokyo Olympics.
Richardson is serving a one-month suspension after testing positive for marijuana at the U.S. Olympic trials last month. Richardson would have automatically qualified for the team with her first-place finish in the 100 at the Olympic trials, but that performance was invalidated due to the failed drug test. Her suspension for marijuana use came as a shock in the world of track and field, a little less than three weeks before the opening ceremony in Tokyo. Richardson has admitted to the use of marijuana just before the Olympic trials and is taking responsibility for her actions.
“USATF believes that the merit of the World Anti-Doping Agency rules related to THC should be reevaluated however 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. All 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.”