Sha’Carri Richardson is not going to signify the USA Track & Field 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 a press release, USATF expressed sympathy for Richardson’s scenario — 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 might not be honest to alter the principles after competitors had occurred and with solely weeks remaining earlier than the beginning of the Olympics:
“While USATF fully agrees that the merit of the World Anti-Doping Agency rules related to THC should be reevaluated, 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,” the group mentioned.
“All USATF 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.”
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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 major occasion, the 100-meter sprint, regardless of ending first in qualifying with a time of 10.86 seconds. Based mostly on the period of her suspension, it was nonetheless potential she might have been chosen for the 4×100 relay competitors, the date of which can happen after the conclusion of her suspension (Aug. 5).
However Richardson was absent from USATF’s ultimate roster, which the group launched on Tuesday. Based on World Athletics guidelines — the worldwide federation that governs monitor and discipline — nations can carry a pool of six athletes to the Olympics for relay occasions. The highest 4 finishers in every particular person race on the Olympic trials have to be included, by rule.
The final two spots, nevertheless, are discretionary. Which means the USATF workers elected to not choose Richardson with both of its two picks. USA At this time, 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 have been chosen earlier than Richardson selected a diminished one-month suspension, which meant placing her on the staff would have entailed eradicating one in all them after that they had been chosen for these positions.
Richardson on Friday appeared on the “TODAY Show” not solely to apologize, but additionally to elucidate her marijuana use (which is authorized in Oregon, the place Olympic qualifying passed off): She used marijuana as a coping mechanism after being informed by a reporter that her mom — “a complete stranger” — had died.
“We all have our different struggles, we all have our different things we deal with. But to put on a face, and have to go in front of the world, and put on a face and hide my pain,” Richardson mentioned. “Who am I to tell you how to cope when you’re dealing with a pain, or dealing with a struggle that you’ve never experienced before?”