Sha’Carri Richardson Set to Miss Out on Tokyo Olympics 2021 Following Omission From Team USA Roster

Published 07/07/2021, 10:01 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)


Sha’Carri Richardson was the hot topic of discussion as fans protested against and harshly rebuked the one-month suspension handed to her ahead of the Tokyo Olympics. The athlete tested positive for Marijuana and was, by rule, given a punishment for it by the USA Anti-Doping Agency.

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The suspension meant that she would miss out on the 100m sprint event, which she had qualified for at the Olympic Trials in the USA. She was actually the favorite to win it for the country and had a lot of hopes resting on her shoulders. 

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)

Unfortunately, this wasn’t the end of the woes for her. The USA Track and Field authorities released the list of athletes that would be heading to Tokyo and Sha’Carri Richardson was not among the names listed. This meant that she is out of the Olympics indefinitely.

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Although Richardson could not take part in the 100m sprint event due to her suspension, she would have been able to return in time for the 4x100m relay event for which she had also qualified. However, USATF and USOPC had that decision on their hands, and it seems that have moved against her. 

Jun 19, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; Sha’Carri Richardson (right) celebrates with Javianne Oliver after winning the women’s 100m in 10.86 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sha’Carri Richardson has been supported by fans and other athletes

Richardson’s absence from the Olympics dealt a major blow to the USA’s hopes in the women’s 100m sprint. Bearing an energetic resemblance to FloJo, Sha’Carri Richardson was touted by many as the next version of the legendary runner. 

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)

Athletes and fans alike have tweeted their disapproval of the decision and continue to question Marijuana’s position in the world of athletics. Can it be considered a performance-enhancing drug? Such are some of the many controversies the USADA has to answer in the coming months.

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The major attention directed to Track and Field is not only because of Sha’Carri Richardson, but also Brianna McNeal. The 100m hurdles favorite was all set to bag a medal at the Tokyo Olympics before receiving word that she had been handed a five-year ban as a consequence of missing a doping test in January 2020.

Jun 19, 2021; Eugene, OR, USA; Sha’Carri Richardson (middle) celebrates after defeating Gabby Thomas (left) and Javianne Oliver to win the women’s 100m in 10.86 during the US Olympic Team Trials at Hayward Field. Mandatory Credit: Kirby Lee-USA TODAY Sports

Sha’Carri Richardson and her continue to criticize their extreme bans and the fans have supported them throughout. Even though Richardson won’t get to run this time, she will surely be back looking for more and may just become FloJo everyone needs. 

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