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Sha'Carri Richardson Will Not Compete In Any Olympic Events In Tokyo
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Sha'Carri Richardson Will Not Compete In Any Olympic Events In Tokyo

Sha'Carri Richardson, one of the world's fastest women, will not compete in any races at the Tokyo Olympics, according to a newly released team roster.

Richardson, 21, was slapped with a 30-day suspension from the sport last week after a drug test detected marijuana in her system, a punishment that meant she wouldn't be able to compete in the 100-meter individual race at the Games, which begin on July 23. However, the timing of the suspension left open the possibility that she could run with the 4x100 relay team if USA Track and Field selected her for one of the omissions.

However, when the organization released its relay roster on Tuesday, Richardson was not on it; she has not yet publicly commented on the decision, but previously stated that she accepts the suspension.

“I know what I did, I know what I'm supposed to do, what I'm not supposed to do, and I still made that decision,” Richardson said on the “Today” show on Friday, explaining that she used marijuana before the Olympic qualifying trials after learning of her biological mother's death from a reporter.

Hearing the news from “a complete stranger was triggering,” she said, and she used marijuana to cope. Marijuana is legal for recreational use in Oregon, where she was at the time, as well as in 17 other states and Washington, D.C.

The suspension sparked outrage online, with many mocking marijuana's classification as a performance-enhancing drug, while others pointed out that legal cannabis is a multimillion-dollar industry whose beneficiaries are almost entirely white, while those punished for using it, like Richardson, are overwhelmingly people of color.

Richardson was expected to be one of the most prominent members of Team USA at this year's Games; in April, she set a new personal best of 10.72 seconds, becoming the sixth fastest woman of all time, and there was a good chance she could have won the United States its first gold medal in the 100-meter dash since 1996.

Her ever-changing hair colors (her mane was a fiery orange for the Olympic trials) and engaging personality have also earned her fans' adoration.

“I want the world to know I'm that girl,” Richardson said on the track after qualifying for the Olympic team.

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