Sha'Carri Richardson Pledges To Become 'World Champ' | 22 Words

Track star Sha'Carri Richardson is pledging to become the "World Champ" after her suspension from the U.S. Olympic team over marijuana use.

Richardson posted a thread of tweets on July 4th thanking her supporters for the overwhelming love that they've sent her way since news of her suspension was made public last week.

"The support my community I thank y'all, the negative forget y'all and enjoy the games because we all know it won't be the same," Richardson posted on her Twitter.

She continued to speak to her fans on the platform as she said: "I'm sorry, I can't be y'all Olympic Champ this year but I promise I'll be your World Champ next year."

Not feeling pressured to live by the rules of her sport, Richardson then tweeted on the same day: "All these perfect people that know how to live life, I'm glad I'm not one of them."

Richardson's tweets come just a few days after her lawyer confirmed to the TODAY Show that the twenty-one-year-old had been suspended from the U.S. Olympic team after a drug test returned positive for THC.

Her trials, as per TODAY, have been disqualified because of the positive result, which could lead to her potentially becoming banned from the upcoming Tokyo Olympics in July of this year.

Richardson also revealed that she had been coping with emotional pain, in part due to the recent death of her mother, according to TODAY.

"We all have our different struggles," she explained. "But to put on a face, to have to go in front of the world and put on a face and hide my pain, like, who are you? Who am I to tell you how to cope when you're dealing with pain or you're dealing with a struggle you've never experienced before?" she expressed.

Celebrities, athletes, and politicians have all spoken out publically to show support for the track star amid her suspension. Figure skater Adam Rippon tweeted: "My heart is broken for @itskerrii. I think she is an amazing athlete and her personality is superstar level. Marijuana being a banned substance in competition seems… outdated???? And unfair."

He then went on to say: " Sha'Carri had just found out her biological mother had passed... WHILE DOING AN INTERVIEW shortly before trials. At that point smoking weed actually seems logical!!! As an athlete, we know the rules, which she has acknowledged. With some athletes taking steroids for performance enhancement, in what world would marijuana enhance performance???"

Freestyle skier Gus Kenworthy also spoke out on Twitter, adding: "Marijuana is NOT a performance-enhancing drug."

And U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez urged the International Olympic Committee (IOC) to reevaluate its decision, writing: "The criminalization and banning of cannabis is an instrument of racist and colonial policy. The IOC should reconsider its suspension of Ms. Richardson and any athletes penalized for cannabis use. This ruling along w/ IOC denial of swim caps for natural hair is deeply troubling."

What do you think about the track stars suspension? Do you think it's justified? Or completely unfair and unnecessary?