track star Sha’kari Richardson She is as straight as she is fast.
Hours after news broke that he was suspended from the US Olympic team for a month for failing a drug test, the 21-year-old, a heavy favorite to win gold in the 100 meters at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, came clean in a July 2. with interview Today Display.
“I want to take responsibility for my actions,” she shared, testing positive for marijuana, a violation of the 2021 World Anti-Doping Code. “I know what I did, I know what to do, I know what I’m not allowed to do, and I still made that decision.” The choice, explained the NCAA champion, came after learning mid-interview that his biological mother had passed. She went into a state of “emotional panic” upon hearing the news from a reporter a week before the Olympic Trials in Oregon.
“It’s definitely triggering,” Sha’kari said as she was, “just blinded by emotions, blinded by bad news, just blinded by the hurt.” Unable to hide himself on the eve of such a career-changing race, “At least in some way, I was trying to hide my pain.”
Shakari first gained nationwide attention on June 19 when she secured her spot on the US Olympic team by winning the women’s 100 meters in Eugene, Oregon.