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US sprinter Richardson tests positive for cannabis, out of Olympics race

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  • Her sample at the US trials last month tested positive for the banned substance

Kingston: US sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson had raised several hopes when she secured a place for herself in the Tokyo Olympics after winning the women’s 100 m finals in the Olympic trials. However, her dream run was cut short after she tested positive for cannabis, a narcotic substance banned by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA).

Richardson’s sample at the trials in Oregon last month tested positive. She had clocked 10.86 seconds in that race.

Had she moved ahead, this would have been her first Olympics. She was being seen as a strong gold contender there.

With her disqualification, Jenna Prandini, who had ended fourth in the trials, will join the two others in Tokyo for the 100 m race.

Richardson (21) was also supposed to run in the 200 m race at Stockholm Diamond League in Sweden this weekend.

When the news of her testing positive emerged, Richardson posted a cryptic tweet saying “I am human”.

A positive report for cannabis (or marijuana) could earn the sportsperson a suspension of two years. If it is proved that the reason for consumption was medical, the suspension can be as less as for 30 days if they agree to take a substance abuse treatment programme.

 

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