Australian Olympic show jumper banned from Tokyo Games after testing positive for cocaine
Australian Olympic show jumper Jamie Kermond has been banned from the Tokyo Games after submitting a positive sample for cocaine.
The 36-year-old Victorian returned a positive A sample of the illegal drug on Wednesday before the Olympics.
He has been suspended for the time being as more tests are being conducted.
Kermond was controversially selected for the team for Australia’s top-ranked show jumper after reporting links to one of the team’s selectors.
“Equestrian Australia has provisionally suspended Jumping athlete Jamie Kermond under Australia’s 2021 National Anti-Doping Policy,” the Australian Olympic Authority said in a statement.
The Mandatory Provisional Suspension Notice states that Mr Kermond returned a positive A sample for a cocaine metabolite following a test conducted by Sport Integrity Australia on 26 June 2021.
Cocaine is banned in competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and Australia’s 2021 National Anti-Doping Policy. Mr. Kermond is prohibited from participating in any WADA-compliant event, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, while the provisional suspension is in place. ‘
Kermond was controversially selected for the team, despite the country’s top-ranked show jumper missing out.
Rowan Willis, ranked 59th in the world, was sensationally left out of the team ahead of Kermond, who is ranked 1013th.
There are reports that Kermond has ties to a sponsor linked to one of the Australian Olympic selectors, Stephen Lamb.