AUSTIN, TX – JUNE 08: Sha’Carri Richardson of the LSU Tigers reacts after placing second in the 200 meter dash during the Division I Men’s and Women’s Outdoor Track & Field Championships held at Mike A. Myers Stadium on June 8, 2019 in Austin, Texas – Photo by Jamie Schwaberow/NCAA Photos via Getty Images

AFP: NEW YORK, United States —  American sprint sensation Sha’Carri Richardson confirmed Friday she tested positive for marijuana at the US Olympic athletics trials and says she could still compete on a relay at the Tokyo Games.

Speaking on US Olympic telecaster NBC’s ‘Today’ show, 21-year-old Richardson said she took marijuana to cope with “a state of emotional pain” after learning of the death of her biological mother from a reporter at the US Olympic trials last month in Eugene, Oregon.

The US Anti-Doping Agency announced moments after she apologized to fans for her violation that Richardson has accepted a one-month ban from June 28 for her marijuana positive.

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