American sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson’s future at this summer’s Tokyo Olympics has been in doubt after she allegedly tested positive for marijuana.
The Gleaner, a Jamaican newspaper, first reported the news. He said Thursday the 21-year-old athlete tested positive for the drug during Olympic track and field trials in the United States last month.
Richardson beat his rivals in the 100-meter practice final, finishing with a time of 10.86 seconds. As Sports Illustrated noted at the time, she was “America’s top prospect for a gold in the women’s 100m”.
The New York Times, corroborating the Gleaner’s report, said Richardson’s positive test had “automatically disqualified” her from the 100m race at the Olympics. The Times said it was not clear whether Richardson would appeal the test result and the disqualification.
If she remains disqualified, Jenna Prandini, who finished fourth in the 100m trials, is expected to replace her as one of three American women competing in the Olympic event.
Cincinnati Investigator’s Dragon Tyler mentionned Richardson’s Olympic dreams may not be entirely shattered, as she could still be allowed to compete in the 4x100m relay.
Richardson has yet to comment publicly on the test, but on Thursday she abruptly withdrew from the Diamond League in Stockholm, where she was scheduled to compete in the 200-meter race on Sunday.
She also wrote a cryptic tweet, which only read: “I am human.”
Marijuana is a substance prohibited during competition according to the rules of the World Anti-Doping Agency. As noted by The Times, a suspension for a positive marijuana test can be up to two years, but the minimum duration is one month if the athlete proves that the drug was not taken in competition and is ready to participate in a drug treatment program.
The Tokyo Olympics are scheduled to begin on July 23. The first round of the women’s 100m is scheduled to take place on July 30.