Sha’Carri Richardson’s Easter Gets Spoiled Over USADA Drug Testing Practices

Published 04/01/2024, 9:48 AM EDT

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As we journey back in time, one of the world’s fastest female sprinters, Sha’Carri Richardson, was suspended for a month by the USADA for violating doping rules while attempting to qualify for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. She tested positive for THC (marijuana), resulting in a sanction. However, despite her disappointment at the temporary exclusion and the subsequent defamation, she advocates against repeating the same mistake as the Paris Olympics season begins.

The reigning 100m and 200m champion, Sha’Carri Richardson, diligently submitted her drug test sample for this season a few months before the grandiose Olympic Games. Though it was an inconvenience, it was an absolute necessity considering her previous disqualification, which subsequently voided her results at the 2020 Olympic trials. Now, she aims to pursue her goal for the 2024 Paris Olympics without any hindrances.

Sha’Carri Richardson challenges herself again


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A recent Instagram story of the NCAA Division I Champion showcased her taking the drug test that is mandatory before anybody qualifies for the Olympics. As hers was still due for this season, the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) arranged it for her during the Easters, marring her holiday.

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Last year in December 2023, the USADA had asked all athletes to submit some information about their whereabouts. Scared after this declaration and reminiscing her daunting past and her association with the USADA, Sha’Carri Richardson went vocal to announce, “There are many concerns even as an elite athlete myself I’m worried about because this will impact my career if I don’t understand what to do.”


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But, slowly and gradually qualifying for every requisite, she is consequently etching her way closer to the Paris Olympics 2024. Sha’Carri Richardson is determined to triumph in the Summer Games with a vivacious plan she has, which she disclosed on her social media lately.


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The Olympic plan

Sha’Carri Richardson has structured a strict plan to accommodate herself at the top of the Olympic podium this season. Stating, ” History will be made”, as the subject of her plan, she defined a better plan this season, unlike her previous USADA failure that confirmed her positive for substance abuse.

Richardson confidently wrote in her Instagram, “Paris 2024, history will be made.” Signaling her ambitions for the Paris Games after winning the 100m at the World Athletic Championships last year in Budapest, Sha’Carri Richardson wants to now tell the world that not only she is back, but she has also got better.


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Nandini Makkar


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Nandini Makkar is a budding Olympics Sports writer at EssentiallySports. A true sports enthusiast, Nandini covers track and field, equestrian sports, NCAA gymnastics, and wrestling. Rooted in her school days' prowess in badminton and volleyball, Nandini brings a genuine passion to her work.
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Suman Varandani