US sprinter Sha'Carri Richardson to miss 100-meter Olympic race over marijuana test
2nd July 2021

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U.S. sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson will be prohibited from running the 100-meter race at the Olympics after a positive marijuana test.

The U.S. Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) said Richardson accepted a one-month suspension for violating an anti-doping rule. 

“The rules are clear, but this is heartbreaking on many levels; hopefully, her acceptance of responsibility and apology will be an important example to us all that we can successfully overcome our regrettable decisions, despite the costly consequences of this one to her,” USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said in a statement.

Sha’Carri Richardson waves after winning the women’s 100-meter run at the U.S. Olympic Track and Field Trials Saturday, June 19, 2021, in Eugene, Ore. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis)

The Jamaica Gleaner and the Cincinnati Enquirer first reported that Richardson had tested positive for marijuana. A source told Reuters she tested positive at the competition and the positive test may invalidate her victory.

Recreational marijuana use is legal in Oregon, as it is in 16 other states and D.C. However, Richardson could face a four-year ban from the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) considers marijuana to be prohibited in-competition with the only exception being cannabidiol. 

The WADA rules state: “Subject to a different period having been approved by WADA for a given sport, the InCompetition period shall in principle be the period commencing just before midnight (at 11:59 p.m.) on the day before a Competition in which the Athlete is scheduled to participate until the end of the Competition and the Sample collection process.”

WADA considers cannabis as a “substance of abuse.” An athlete could face a four-year ban for violating the policy but if they can prove the use was out of competition and agree to a treatment program their ban could be reduced to 30 days.

Fox News’ Brie Stimson contributed to this report.

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