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Sha’Carri Richardson thanks Black community for support after Olympic suspension

The 21-year-old athlete issued an apology to her supporters and promised to be next year’s World Champ.

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From the time Sha’Carri Richardson was named the winner of the women’s 100-meter dash at the U.S. Olympic trials, the Black community has been uplifting her, even standing by her side following the news of her suspension. The showering of support has not gone unnoticed, according to a slew of tweets from the 21-year-old track star.

On Sunday (July 4), Richardson hopped on Twitter to express gratitude for her community while throwing in some words that flaunt her confidence.

“The support my community I thank y’all,” she said. “The negative forget y’all and enjoy the games because we all know it won’t be the same.”

In a second tweet, the track runner promised to be victorious in next year’s Olympics to compensate for her violation of the rules and potential absence in this year’s race. “I’m sorry, I can’t be y’all Olympic Champ this year, but I promise I’ll be your World Champ next year.”

As REVOLT previously reported, Richardson was suspended from the U.S. Olympics team after testing positive for marijuana — a violation of the sporting event’s rules. In the wake of her suspension, she admitted that she indulged in the drug as a way to cope with her biological mother’s death. On several occasions, she reminded people that she is only human. In a more recent tweet, she added, “All these perfect people that know how to live life. I’m glad I’m not one of them!”

Though Richardson issued an apology to all her fans and sponsors, and seems to already have her mind set on next year’s competition, reports say her opportunity to run in the 2021 Tokyo Olympics is not yet off the table. Her one-month suspension for a positive marijuana test ends before the race in Tokyo, meaning the 21-year-old may still be able to run during the international event.

See Richardson’s tweets below.

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