Huffpost writer Taryn Finley claims “The Olympics Don’t Want Black Women To Win” after sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson was disqualified over failing a marijuana test.
There is no grace for Black women at the 2021 Olympics.
On Thursday, the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency announced that 21-year-old Sha’Carri Richardson will be placed on a 30-day suspension after she tested positive for THC, the psychoactive compound in marijuana. This disqualifies her from competing in the 100-meter race, in which she conquered her opponents, became the fastest woman in America and earned her instant stardom.
Richardson apologized Friday on the “Today” show and revealed that in an interview during the U.S. Olympic trials in Oregon, a state where recreational weed is legal, a reporter informed her that her biological mother had died. She said to hear the news come from “a complete stranger was triggering.” That, in addition to the pressure to perform, led her to ingest weed.
“I still have to go out and put out a performance for my dream, go out there and still compete,” she said on “Today.” “From there, just blinded by emotions, just blinded by hurting. I knew I couldn’t hide myself. In some type of way, I was just trying to hide my pain.”
Richardson will undergo a treatment program, and her trial results in the 100-meter race will be disqualified. Her suspension ends on July 28, two days before the Summer Olympics track and field meet begins. If the track officials choose, she could still be able to participate in the 4×100-meter relay.