Sha’Carri Richardson won’t symbolize the USA Monitor & Subject within the Tokyo Olympic Video games this 12 months after the group on Tuesday introduced she wouldn’t compete within the 4×100 girls’s relay.
In an announcement, USATF expressed sympathy for Richardson’s state of affairs — she was suspended from competitors for a month after testing optimistic for marijuana on the U.S. monitor and discipline trials in Oregon final month— however mentioned it will not be honest to alter the principles after competitors had occurred and with solely weeks remaining earlier than the beginning of the Olympics:
“Whereas USATF absolutely agrees that the advantage of the World Anti-Doping Company guidelines associated to THC ought to be reevaluated, it will be detrimental to the integrity of the U.S. Olympic Crew Trials for Monitor & Subject if USATF amended its insurance policies following competitors, solely weeks earlier than the Olympic Video games,” the group mentioned.
“All USATF athletes are equally conscious of and should adhere to the present anti-doping code, and our credibility because the nationwide governing physique can be misplaced if guidelines had been solely enforced below sure circumstances.”
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The U.S. Anti-Doping Company on Friday introduced Richardson can be suspended 30 days for her optimistic check, guaranteeing she wouldn’t be capable to run in her main occasion, the 100-meter sprint, regardless of ending first in qualifying with a time of 10.86 seconds. Primarily based on the length of her suspension, it was nonetheless doable she may have been chosen for the 4×100 relay competitors, the date of which is able to happen after the conclusion of her suspension (Aug. 5).
However Richardson was absent from USATF’s remaining roster, which the group launched on Tuesday. In response to World Athletics guidelines — the worldwide federation that governs monitor and discipline — nations can convey a pool of six athletes to the Olympics for relay occasions. The highest 4 finishers in every particular person race on the Olympic trials should be included, by rule.
The final two spots, nonetheless, are discretionary. Meaning the USATF employees elected to not choose Richardson with both of its two picks. USA Right this moment, citing a USATF spokesman, mentioned these two spots went to the next-highest finishers within the 100-meter sprint: English Gardner and Aleia Hobbs, respectively. USATF mentioned these spots had been chosen earlier than Richardson selected a diminished one-month suspension, which meant placing her on the group would have entailed eradicating one in all them after they’d been chosen for these positions.
Richardson on Friday appeared on the “TODAY Present” not solely to apologize, but in addition to clarify her marijuana use (which is authorized in Oregon, the place Olympic qualifying befell): She used marijuana as a coping mechanism after being informed by a reporter that her mom — “a whole stranger” — had died.
“All of us have our completely different struggles, all of us have our various things we take care of. However to placed on a face, and must go in entrance of the world, and placed on a face and conceal my ache,” Richardson mentioned. “Who am I to inform you cope while you’re coping with a ache, or coping with a wrestle that you’ve got by no means skilled earlier than?”