Sha’Carri Richardson won’t compete in any Olympic events


Sha’Carri Richardson won’t compete in any Olympic events

U.S Track and field star Sha’Carri Richardson, will not be competing in any races at the Tokyo Olympics, a newly released team roster revealed.

Richardson, 21, was slapped with a 30-day suspension from the sport last week after a drug test detected marijuana in her system ― a punishment that meant she wouldn’t be able to run in the 100-meter individual race in the Games, which start July 23. However, the suspension’s timing left open the possibility that she could run with the 4×100 relay team if USA Track and Field selected her for one of its two discretionary spots.

But when the organization released its relay roster Tuesday, Richardson was not on it. She has not yet publicly commented on the decision but previously said she was accepting of the suspension.

Richardson was expected to be one of the biggest names on Team USA at this year’s Games. In April, she ran a new personal best of 10.72 seconds and became the sixth fastest woman of all time. There was a good chance she could have won the United States its first gold medal in the 100-meter dash since 1996.