Sha’Carri Richardson out of Olympic 100 meters after failed drug test, reports say
U.S. sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson may be barred from competing in the 100 meters at the Tokyo Olympics after reportedly failing a drug test.
According to a report Thursday by the Jamaican Gleaner, Richardson’s performance at last month’s U.S, Olympic trials was “disqualified” after she tested positive for a trace amount of what the World Anti-Doping Agency classifies as a “substance of abuse.” Tyler Dragon of the Cincinnati Enquirer reported that the substance was marijuana and that Richardson is facing a 30-day suspension from competition.
Dragon also reported that Richardson could still compete for the U.S. in Tokyo in the women’s 4×100 relay. The women’s 100-meter final is scheduled for July 31 but the 4×100 final is set for Aug. 6.
Reports of a possible disqualification come as Reuters reports that Richardson will not compete in the Diamond League on Sunday in Stockholm. She was scheduled to run in the 200 meters, according to the report.
Both the Jamaican Gleaner and Reuters requested comment from Richardson’s side but did not receive a response. USA Track and Field, the U.S. Olympic Committee and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency have yet to comment.
Earlier on Thursday, Richardson sent out this ambiguous tweet:
Richardson drew widespread attention when she pointed to her time of 10.86 seconds as she crossed the finish line first in the U.S. track and field trials.
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