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Sprinter Sha’Carri Richardson will miss the 100-meter race at the Olympics for Team USA in Tokyo after testing positive for marijuana.
Richardson, a 21-year-old Texan, won the 100 meters at the U.S. track & field trials two weeks ago, but her positive test invalidates her result.
She accepted a 30-day suspension under the anti-doping rules of the World Athletics, beginning on June 28. Depending on the decision of USA Track & Field, she could still compete in the 4×100-meter relay in Tokyo on Aug. 6 but will miss the 100-meter race.
“I know what I did. I know what I’m supposed to do, what I’m allowed to do, and I still made that decision,” Richardson told NBC’s “Today Show” Friday morning.
She added: “Don’t judge me, because I am human…I just happen to run a little faster.”
The runner explained she was dealing with her mother’s death and the pressures of participating in the trials, which led to her “emotional panic.”
She tested positive in Oregon, where recreational use marijuana is legal for adults.
Daily Wire founder Ben Shapiro pointed out the double standard with transgender athletes.
“So, just to get this straight, if you smoke pot you can be disqualified from the Olympics, but if you are a biological man who takes a year of estrogen you can compete against the ladies in weightlifting,” Shapiro tweeted.