Sha’Carri Richardson, dubbed the “new Flo-Jo,” is set to miss the Tokyo Olympics after testing positive for marijuana.
Richardson, the fastest woman in the United States, failed a drugs test during Olympic trials, according to Reuters sources.
If the results of that test are verified, the 21-year-old Texan will almost probably be suspended from Team USA, which means she won’t be able to compete in the women’s 100m at the postponed Tokyo 2020 Games, which are set to begin on July 23.
According to Reuters, the test took place last month at the United States Olympic trials, where Richardson established herself as a gold medal contender by winning the 100m in 10.86 seconds.
Richardson disclosed shortly after qualifying that her mother had died the week before.
Richardson has yet to respond to the test results, but earlier on Thursday afternoon, he tweeted, “I am human,” which appeared to be a reference to the issue.
I am human
— Sha’Carri Richardson (@itskerrii) July 1, 2021
A positive test during the trials would mean all of Richardson’s results from the meet would be wiped out, voiding her victory in the 100m final.
Richardson’s decision on whether or not to challenge the test result and disqualification is unknown.
Jenna Prandini is expected to take Richardson’s place at the Tokyo Olympics. Prandini came in fourth place in the 100-meter dash, which was won by Richardson.
Since January 1, this year, the World Anti-Doping Agency has classed cannabis as a “substance of abuse.”
The USADA classes it as a prohibitive substance because it says it is performance enhancing, harmful to athletes and against the ‘spirit of the sport’. Its effectiveness as a performance-enhancing substance is debatable.
The use of cannabis is only prohibited during in-competition periods, which run from 11:59 p.m. on the day before a competition to the end of the competition.
An athlete would need to have more than 150 nanograms per millilitre of THC in their bloodstream to get a positive test result.