“Didn’t Bother Me”: Sha’Carri Richardson Reacts to Her Exclusion From USA’s Tokyo Olympics 2021

Published 07/08/2021, 7:15 AM EDT
EUGENE, OREGON – JUNE 19: Sha’Carri Richardson looks on after 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)


After Sha’Carri Richardson was handed a 30-day suspension for consuming marijuana, her dream of running for the USA at the Tokyo Olympics 2021 was shattered. But her suspension concludes in the middle of the Tokyo Olympics 2021, and hence she had a small chance of running at the 4x100m relay race. But her name was excluded from the final list and now she has given her thoughts on the issue.

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Sha’Carri Richardson spoke about her exclusion from the final USA track and field contingent heading to Tokyo Olympics. She clarified that it was an off-chance that she might race at the 100 meters relay and hence she didn’t have any expectations.

“Honestly, that news didn’t bother me because me and my team were realistic, so we kind of figured that they would say that in the first place,” Sha’Carri Richardson said.

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Sha’Carri Richardson reacts after competing in the first round of the Women’s 100 Meters. (Photo by Cliff Hawkins/Getty Images)

Richardson is one of the fastest in the world in 100m. She was going for gold, but that ill-fated marijuana test resulted in her suspension. Her suspension will run through the 100m event in Tokyo, however, it ends before the 100m relay. So many people thought that Sha’Carri would participate in that, but she has been replaced by Aleia Hobbs and English Gardner.

“I’m sorry, I can’t be y’all Olympic Champ this year but I promise I’ll be your World Champ next year,” Richardson wrote in a tweet.

Why did Sha’Carri Richardson consume marijuana before Tokyo Olympics 2021?

Sha’Carri Richardson celebrates winning the Women’s 100 Meter final. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)

Sha’Carri had consumed marijuana to cope with her mother’s untimely demise. It so happened that hr mother passed away before the race in which Sha’Carri qualified for the Olympics.

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“(I’m) not making an excuse or looking for any empathy in my case, but, however, being in that position in my life, finding out something like that, something that I would say is probably one of the biggest things that have impacted me … that definitely was a very heavy topic on me,” she said.

Many have rallied behind Sha’Carri in this controversy. President Joe Biden, Michelle Obama, and many others are hopeful of a greater comeback for the sprinter. And Sha’Carri herself has vouched to go unbeaten in the next five years.

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Bhavishya Mittal is a tennis author for EssentiallySports, who is currently pursuing his Bachelor's degree in Journalism from Manipal University. A former sports editor for The Manipal Journal, Bhavishya has also worked for The New Indian Express. He has a keen eye for many sports but he is a particularly ardent follower of tennis, with a zest to create riveting articles on the ever-evolving sport.

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