A woman selected to participate at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics is facing suspension after failing a drug test.



According to a report from USADA, Sha’Carri Richardson, of Clermont, Fla., a track and field athlete, has accepted a one-month suspension for an anti-doping rule violation for testing positive for marijuana.

Richardson is claimed to be America's fastest woman, and caught the eyes of the public when she won the 100-meter race at the U.S. Olympic trials on June 19 with a time of 10.86 seconds. That win qualified her for the chance to compete at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics.

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Richardson’s Olympic qualifying results at the Team Trials, have since been disqualified, and she forfeits any medals, points, and prizes. Beyond the one-month sanction, athlete eligibility for the Tokyo Games is determined by the USOPC and/or USA Track & Field eligibility rules.

Sha'Carri told NBC Sports following her win in the 100m that her biological mother had died the week before trials. That loss played a part, she said on TODAY.  


 


 

"(I'm) not making an excuse or looking for any empathy in my case, but, however, being in that position in my life, finding out something like that, something that I would say is probably one of the biggest things that have impacted me ... that definitely was a very heavy topic on me," she said.

USATF released the following statement regarding Sha'Carri Richardson:


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. 

Personally, I feel for Sha'Carri. She's endured so much, and trained so hard to accomplish what she has. I know she will still succeed, and I wish her the best of luck!

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