A few days after his controversial selection, it looks like Jamie Kermond isn’t heading to the Tokyo Olympics 2020. The Aussie showjumper tested positive for cocaine, which called for a lengthy suspension. This could have a devastating effect on the Aussie medal-winning hopes in Tokyo.
Aussie showjumper out of Tokyo Olympics 2020 after positive drug test
Doping has been the bane of sporting events for ages, but the Olympics stage is immaculate. With a zero tolerance policy, any form of doping automatically results in a ban, in most cases for the entire team. Previously, Nicole Walker’s positive cocaine test led to the Canadian showjumping team receiving a ban from the Olympics.
Fortunately, the Aussies got the better deal with only the athlete receiving a suspension. Kermond hasn’t commented on the issue yet, but Equestrian Australia and the Internation Olympic Committee had something to say. Sports Integrity Australia conducted the drug test.
— Blake Johnson (@BlakeJohnson) July 21, 2021
“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. Under the Anti-Doping Policy, Mr Kermond now has the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed. Equestrian Australia has spoken with Mr Kermond and support services will be offered to him.”
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TOKYO, JAPAN – MARCH 25: A boat sails past the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Rings on March 25, 2020 in Tokyo, Japan. Following yesterday’s announcement that the Tokyo 2020 Olympics postponed to 2021 because of the ongoing Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic, IOC officials have said they hope to confirm a new Olympics date as soon as possible. (Photo by Carl Court/Getty Images)
As phenomenal as the sport and lineup of athletes we have for equestrian this Olympics, controversies have consistently struck the sport. Jamie Kermond’s name has come up previously, when his selection caused quite a stir.
His selection over Rowan Willis, Australia’s highest ranked showjumper, besmirched Equestrian Australia’s name. One can safely assume his cocaine test won’t clean look too good for them either. Speaking of selection, Neil Moffitt rose in a fit of rage when his daughter Emily didn’t qualify for the Olympics despite performing better than Peter Charles’ son, Harry.
Finally, and perhaps the most controversial, was the suspension of Nicole Walker. The Canadian showjumping team received a ban from taking part in the Tokyo Olympics 2020 after Walker tested positive for cocaine. Although the CAS exonerated her, the team remains banned from competing at the Tokyo Olympics 2020.
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