US sprinter Richardson left out of relay team for Tokyo 2020

US sprinter left out of relay team for Tokyo 2020
In April, Richardson became the sixth fastest woman of all time after running the 100m in 10.72 seconds. Source: BBC
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Daily US Times: US sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson will not participate in Tokyo 2020 after she accepted a one-month ban for testing positive for cannabis.

In June, the 21-year-old sprinter won the 100m at the US Olympic trials in Oregon and earlier this year ran the sixth-fastest time in history.

Her supporters had hoped she could take part in the relay in Tokyo as the ban expires on 28 June.

But on Tuesday, US Athletics announced the full squad, without Richardson.

The US athlete said she had used cannabis as a way of coping sorrows after the death of her biological mother.

On Friday, Richardson told a US broadcaster: “I apologise for the fact that I didn’t even know how to control my emotions or deal with that during that time.”

Richardson had already suggested she wouldn’t be competing in the upcoming Tokyo Olympics.

She added: “I greatly apologise if I let you guys down – and I did. This will be the last time the US comes home without a gold in the 100 meter.”

USA Track and Field said in a statement that they are incredibly sympathetic toward Sha’Carri Richardson’s extenuating circumstances and strongly applaud her accountability.

The USATF said that their credibility as the National Governing Body would be lost if rules were only enforced under certain circumstances.

”Our heartfelt understanding lies with Sha’Carri,” USATF said adding that ”we must also maintain fairness for all of the athletes who attempted to realize their dreams by securing a place on the US Olympic Track & Field team.”

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