100M sprinting sensation Sha’Carri Richardson, who has been dubbed the new Flo-Jo, is set to miss the Tokyo Olympics after she reportedly tested positive for cannabis.
Sources told Reuters Thursday night that Richardson – who is the fastest woman in America – had failed a drugs test during Olympics trials.
If the result of that test is confirmed, the 21 year-old Texan will almost certainly be suspended from Team USA, meaning she will not compete in the women’s 100m at the delayed Tokyo 2020 Games, which are scheduled to start on July 23.
Citing ‘a source familiar with the matter,’ Reuters reported that the test came at the U.S. Olympic trials last month where Richardson established herself as a gold medal contender by winning the 100m in 10.86 seconds.
Shortly after qualifying, Richardson revealed that her mother had died the week before.
Richardson has yet to comment on the test result, but tweeted ‘I am human’ earlier on Thursday afternoon, which appeared to allude to the scandal.
She will appear on NBC’s Today Show on Friday, the network confirmed to Reuters.
Her Olympics-qualifying performance in Eugene, Oregon, last month has been provisionally disqualified.
A positive test during the trials would mean all of Richardson’s results from the meet would be wiped out, voiding her victory in the 100m final.
It is unclear whether Richardson will appeal the test result and the disqualification.
Sha’Carri Richardson, pictured at Olympics trials in Eugene,…