A church in Baltimore sent a supporting message to sprint champion Sha’Carri Richardson, who was suspended after testing positive for a chemical found in marijuana.
The United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) announced in a statement last week that after 21-year-old Richardson tested positive for prohibited substances during the Olympic trials in June, he would not be able to participate in the Olympic 100m race.
The ban sparked anger and a lot of support for sprinters. She apologized on TV on Friday, July 2nd and explained that she smoked marijuana in response to her mother’s recent death.
The Pleasant Hope Baptist Church in Baltimore sent a message of support to Richardson on July 2.
Church Facebook Shared a photo of a sign that reads: “SHA’CARRI RICHARDSON, you are still that girl #LEGALIZE.”
The post added: “Message to our sister #ShaCarriRichardson and all the others who need to remind them of the greatness today! We pray for you and pray with you!”
Richardson won the 100-meter sprint in 10.86 seconds in the Olympic trials on June 19, and soon after she tested positive for marijuana.
Although the US Anti-Doping Agency admitted that the drug was not used to improve performance, Richardson’s results were deleted and suspended for one month because she successfully completed the consultation program, so the suspension period was reduced from three months.
She accepted a 30-day suspension that ended on July 27. This will be the time to participate in the women’s relay, although the plan for the event has not yet been announced.
As reports of Richardson smoking marijuana emerged, She posted a tweet on Thursday, July 1st, saying: “I am a human.” On Friday, July 2nd, she went Nowadays Show and apologize. She said her mother died while she was participating in the Olympic trials, leaving her in a state of “emotional panic.”
But she added: “I want to take responsibility for my actions. I’m not making excuses.”
The US Athletics Team issued a statement saying that Richardson’s situation is “incredibly unfortunate and devastating for all involved.”
It added: “The health and well-being of athletes remains one of the USATF’s most important priorities, and we will work with Sha’Carri to ensure she has sufficient resources to overcome any mental health challenges now and in the future.”
USADA CEO Travis T. Tygart said in a statement: “The rules are clear, but this is heartbreaking on many levels; I hope her acceptance of responsibility and apology will be an important example for all of us, and we can succeed. To overcome our regrettable decision, despite the costly consequences for her.”
Numerous sports stars, celebrities and politicians They have adopted social media to express their support for Richardson.
“Shakari is an incredible athlete with a bright future,” New Jersey Senator Cory Booker wrote on Twitter. “Her dream of being shattered by a substance that should be legal nationwide is devastating and wrong. Even in adversity, her heartfelt apology shows her power.”
Simultaneously, Petition for the lifting of Richardson’s suspension Over 480,000 signatures have been accumulated.
Richardson thanked his fans and supporters this weekend and wrote on Twitter: “Support [two heart emojis] My community, I thank you, negative people forget you and enjoy the game, because we all know it will not be the same. “
In another tweet, she added: “Sorry, I can’t be the Olympic champion for all of you this year, but I promise I will be your world champion next year.”