Sha’Carri Richardson Says She Wishes She Never Did “Today Show” Interview After Failing Drug Test Last Year

Sha’Carri Richardson Says She Wishes She Never Did “Today Show” Interview After Failing Drug Test Last Year
Sha’Carri Richardson Says She Wishes She Never Did “Today Show” Interview After Failing Drug Test Last Year

Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson regrets how she managed her positive marijuana test, which resulted in her Olympic disqualification during the summer of 2021.

On Tuesday, Richardson quote-tweeted a July 2021 “Today Show” interview about the issue and stated that she wished she had “never did this,” presumably referring to the morning talk show appearance.

Richardson, age 22 wrote, “I wish I had the choice when it was time for me to tell my story.”  She did not reveal any additional information.

Richardson was barred from competing at the Summer Games in Tokyo after a positive drug test for THC, the active ingredient in marijuana, resulted in her suspension from Team USA in July.

In Oregon, where recreational marijuana use is legal, the star athlete tested positive for marijuana use. The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and USA Track and Field both consider marijuana to be a prohibited substance.

During the interview, Richardson stated, “I know what I did. I know what I’m supposed to do … I still made that decision.”

On Saturday, Richardson criticized USADA, the organization in charge of drug testing and education for Olympic athletes.

In February, Richardson criticized the IOC’s decision to allow Russian skater Kamila Valieva, who tested positive for performance-enhancing drugs, to compete in the Beijing Olympics.

After a positive test for the heart drug trimetazidine, Valieva was cleared to start competing. The International Olympic Committee stated at the time that different rules apply to juveniles, making Valieva a “protected person.”

Richardson won the 200-meter race at the NYC Grand Prix track meet last week. The victory followed her second-place finish in the 100-meter dash earlier in the day.

Richardson is anticipated to compete at the USATF Outdoor Championships in Eugene, Oregon, beginning on June 23.

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