Australia will no longer have a show jumping team at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Jamie Kermond, who was selected with Yandoo Oaks Constellation, was removed from the team Wednesday after testing positive for a metabolite of cocaine last month. The team’s nominated traveling reserve withdrew before traveling to Tokyo, meaning Australia now has only two athletes and cannot put forward a team.
“Mr. Kermond is prohibited from participating in any WADA-compliant event, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while the provisional suspension is in place,” read a statement put out by Equestrian Australia.
Kermond was suspended provisionally after a drug test conducted June 26 by Sport Integrity Australia returned a positive A-sample for a metabolite of cocaine. Cocaine use in competition is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021.
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Article written by: Kimberly Loushin