Colorado Springs, July 3 (MNN) The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) has announced that athlete Sha’Carri Richardson has “accepted a one-month suspension for an anti-doping rule violation for testing positive for a substance of abuse”.
Richardson is set to miss out on her specialist 100m event at the Tokyo Olympics as her qualifying result at the US track and field trials was scrapped due to positive test. Her selection for the Olympic Games would now be determined by the United States Olympics and Paralympics Committee or US track and field eligibility rules.
USADA said on Friday (local time) that Richardson’s sample — collected at the US Track and Field Olympic Trials at Eugene in Oregon on June 19 — had returned a positive result for a chemical found in marijuana.
The anti-doping body said Richardson’s period of ineligibility would be backdated to June 28, the date of her provisional suspension.
“Richardson’s period of ineligibility was reduced to one month because her use of cannabis occurred out of competition and was unrelated to sports performance, and because she completed a counselling programme regarding her use of cannabis,” USADA said.
According to USADA, an athlete will receive a three-month sanction if they test positive for a substance of abuse and its use happened out of competition and was unrelated to sports performance.
The sanction could further be reduced to one month should an athlete satisfactorily complete a substance abuse treatment programme approved by USADA.
USADA stated that Richardson’s results on June 19, including her Olympic qualifying results at the trials, have been scrapped, and she forfeited any medals, points, and prizes.
The 21-year-old had finished first in the women’s 100m sprint final of the trials, in the blistering time of 10.86s, which was enough to qualify her for the Games.
The American emerged as a medal contender with her performances in 2021. She became the sixth-fastest woman ever when she ran a 10.72 seconds in Florida in April.
The track and field athletics events at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics begin on July 30, with the women’s 100m final on July 31, 2021.