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Sha'Carri Richardson, A Sprinter, Will Miss The Olympic 100-meter Race After Testing Positive For Marijuana.
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Sha'Carri Richardson, A Sprinter, Will Miss The Olympic 100-meter Race After Testing Positive For Marijuana.


Sha'Carri Richardson, an American sprinter, apologized on Friday for her positive marijuana test earlier this week, saying she would be unable to compete in the Olympic 100-meter sprint.

The 21-year-old star athlete agreed to a 30-day suspension and may be allowed to compete in the women's relay events once the penalty expires.

Richardson told Savannah Guthrie of "Today" that she used the drug after a reporter confronted her with the news of her birth mother's death, but she wasn't looking for sympathy.

“I know what I did, I know what I'm supposed to do, I know what I'm not supposed to do, and I still made that decision,” Richardson said Friday morning.

She was in Oregon at the time, which had legalized recreational marijuana use in 2015.

"I know what I did. I know what I'm supposed to do... I still made that decision," Sha'Carri Richardson says about her positive cannabis test at the US Olympic trials. (via @TODAYshow) pic.twitter.com/OEyn95h5b9 — ESPN (@espn) July 2, 2021

Richardson stated that she was shocked to learn of her mother's death from a stranger, but she did not blame the reporter, who was simply doing his job.

“It was definitely triggering and blinding,” she admitted, adding, “I know I can't hide myself, so I was trying to hide my pain in some way.”

Richardson was suspended, according to the US Anti-Doping Agency.

“The rules are clear, but this is heartbreaking on many levels; hopefully, her acceptance of responsibility and apology will be an important example to us all that we can successfully overcome our regrettable decisions, despite the costly consequences to her,” USADA CEO Travis Tygart said in a statement.

Richardson qualified for the upcoming Tokyo Olympics by winning the women's 100-meter dash in 10.86 seconds, turning heads not only with her speed but also with her style, running with bright orange, free-flowing hair and long fingernails.

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