“I Will Never Stop”- Sha’Carri Richardson Reveals What She Learnt After Her Tokyo Olympics 2020 Suspension

Published 09/09/2021, 2:08 PM EDT
EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 18: Sha’Carri Richardson reacts after competing in the first round of the Women’s 100 Meters during day one of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 18, 2021 in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)


In the build up to the Tokyo Olympics, Sha’Carri Richardson was seen as a serious medal hope and emerging talent for the USA. After her breathtaking performance in the Olympic trials, the eyes of the world were upon the American. However, in a disappointing turn of affairs, the sprinter was banned from competing at the mega-event by the Anti-Doping agency.

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She accepted a one-month period of ineligibility that began on June 28, 2021. After the ban was over, she participated in the Diamond League. She ran the 100 meters with a timing of 11.14 seconds during the nine-runner event. With this, she came last. But, she said, “Coming out today, it was a great return back to the sport. I wanted to be able to come and perform, having a month off, dealing with all that I was dealing with,” she told reporters. “I’m not upset at myself at all, this is one race, I’m not done.

EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 19: Sha’Carri Richardson celebrates winning the Women’s 100 Meter final on day 2 of the 2020 U.S. Olympic Track & Field Team Trials at Hayward Field on June 19, 2021, in Eugene, Oregon. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

What did Richardson learn from her suspension?

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Talking about her journey so far, Richardson posted a post on her Instagram with a caption, “There is a past version of you that is so proud of how far you’ve come.” The American said that she had a lot to learn after the suspension she had to undergo.

Sharing her feelings about it she stated, “I thank y’all for teaching me the strength I never knew I had. I thank you for teaching me my value before I even knew it existed. I thank y’all for teaching me to live my truth yet understand my future. I thank you for teaching me not to want for anything and to work for everything,” she said alongside each photo. “To my babies, I WILL NEVER STOP SO YALL CAN KEEP GOING. 2022 I don’t feel sorry for any of you.”

The American did a good job in showing affection to her fans. But the question still remains, will she be able to rise to glory with her performance again? Stay tuned to find out.

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Divya Chaturvedi

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Divya Chaturvedi is an Olympic Athletics author at EssentiallySports, currently pursuing her Under Graduate degree in Psychology from the University of Delhi. She's also an internationally recognized athlete, specializing in Shot Put and Discus, representing India at the International Children's Games held in Australia has been one of the biggest feats in her endeavor so far. Having participated in The Road to Wimbledon and representing the state several times, she bagged a number of titles for the same.

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