U.S. track star Sha’Carri Richardson was not selected for the 4x100 relay pool at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, USATF announced on Tuesday. Richardson failed a drug test and was facing a 1-3 month suspension after expectations of competing for a gold medal at the summer games. The Olympics run from July 23 to August 8, which could mean she misses the Tokyo Games. Here’s a statement from USATF:
USATF statement re: Sha'Carri Richardson not being selected for the 4x100m relay pool. pic.twitter.com/P479muw1QE— Nick Zaccardi (@nzaccardi) July 6, 2021
The 21-year old won the US Olympic Trials in the 100m race, but that performance has been provisionally disqualified as a result of the failed test. Richardson does have the opportunity to prove the substance she tested for was used outside of competition and provided no benefit, which would lighten the penalties. There was a chance she was going to be allowed to run the 4x100 relay, but that is not happening.