Sha’Carri Richardson has received a one-month suspension after testing positive for marijuana.
The disciplinary action means Richardson will not be able to compete in the 100m in the Tokyo Olympics. The American sprinter’s Olympic-trials-winning time of 10.86 seconds will also be disqualified.
Richardson went on The “Today” Show on Friday to address the suspension, saying, “I apologize.”
The 21-year-old went on to discuss grieving the death of her biological mother during the Olympic trials.
“We all have our different things we deal with, but [I have] to put on a face and have to go out in front of the world and put on a face and hide my pain,” said Richardson.
The American’s Olympic dreams may not be completely dashed. There is still a possibility that USATF will select Richardson to participate in the 4×100-meter relay in Tokyo. That race will take place on Aug. 6, outside of Richardson’s suspension window.
When asked about the possibility of racing in the relay, Richardson expressed gratitude.
“If I’m allowed to receive that blessing, then I’m grateful for it, but if not, right now, I’m just going to focus on myself.”