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    Wednesday, July 21, 2021

    Australian Showjumper Jamie Kermond Suspended for Doping

    Australia's Olympic team on the first day of action in Tokyo, with a repentant Jamie Kermond, started off the team after the showjumper tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine.

    Australia's chef de mission at the 2020 Games, Ian Chesterman, affirmed on Wednesday that Jamie Kermond's membership of the team had been terminated after he had brought the game into notoriety.

    Equestrian Australia imparted on Jamie Kermond's suspension through an articulation on Wednesday morning.

    “Equestrian Australia has provisionally suspended Jumping athlete Jamie Kermond under the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021. The mandatory Provisional Suspension Notice asserts Mr. Kermond returned a positive A-sample for a metabolite of cocaine following a test conducted by Sport Integrity Australia on 26 June 2021."

    "Mr. Kermond is prohibited from participating in any WADA compliant event, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while the provisional suspension is in place," the statement read.

    The Australian Olympic Committee remarked on the matter through a media release: “The Australian Olympic Committee has been made aware of the provisional suspension of equestrian athlete Jamie Kermond after being informed by Sport Integrity Australia as an interested party. The Australian Olympic Team Selection Committee will consider the matter later today.”

    Jamie Kermond was set to make his Olympic debut. Yet, his 'A' example returned positive for cocaine use, prompting his temporary suspension.

    “It is likely that the positive result was from a single recreational use of the drug at a social event and had no connection with my sport of equestrian,” Jamie Kermond said in a statement.

    “I am extremely upset and remorseful as to what has happened and I accept full responsibility. I am truly sorry as I have let a lot of people down including my family and teammates.

    “Hopefully one day I can be forgiven for my mistake [and make] amends through better actions and continued contribution to the sport I know and love.”

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