100m Hurdles Favourite Brianna McNeal Makes a Heartbreaking Revelation After Tokyo Olympics Ban

Published 07/05/2021, 8:02 AM EDT


While the ShaCarri Richardson case has blown up almost everywhere around the track and field world, fans have also directed their attention towards Brianna McNeal, who was handed a hefty 5 years ban from competition ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. 

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The 100m hurdles specialist will not be allowed to defend her gold medal this year and she has taken to Twitter to express her frustration about the situation. McNeal attempted to challenge the decision against her but it was turned down by The Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Furious about the ban, McNeal has joined the group of athletes fighting for a change in the system on social media. The Olympic gold medallist received the ban because she missed out on a doping test in January 2020. She reasoned that she had just undergone an abortion two days prior to the scheduled date and hence, could not make it.

However, the authorities concerned recognized this as her second offense (the first being in 2017) and imposed a heavy ban on her. This rules her out from the Tokyo Games this year as well as the next edition of the Olympics. 

Speaking out on Twitter, McNeal shared some even more devastating news to the public. “Lost my baby brother literally a month ago, two weeks before the trials. As if this case and everything else I’ve been enduring isn’t a lot,” she said. “Some of you could never. I just seek God every day. Yall have no idea…..I’m out!”

Brianna McNeal implied that she was never expected to be on the team

Brianna McNeal further implied that her omission from the Olympic team was in the works for a long time. “They literally didn’t think I was going to make the Olympic team but y’all don’t want to hear that,” she wrote. 

Fans and athletes alike continue to criticize the ban and also the somewhat narrow rules imposed on the athletes. A lot of struggles are being brought to the public eye that has never been the topic of concern before. 

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Doping test frequencies and their heavy impositions are being discussed at length on Twitter and other social media platforms. Sha’Carri Richardson’s suspension was also the topic of severe outrage and there will surely have to be revisions made to the position of marijuana in the competition sooner rather than later.

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