After testing positive during an anti-doping test, an Australian Olympic team member has been provisionally suspended by Equestrian Australia.
Following a test conducted by Sports Integrity Australia on June 26, Australian jumping athlete Jamie Kermond produced a positive A-sample for a cocaine metabolite.
Kermond was only told he failed his test this week, according to News.com.au.
Kermond is said to have flown to Tokyo separately from the rest of the Australian Olympic team on Tuesday night.
“Napa,” his horse, has already arrived in Tokyo.
“Under the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021, Equestrian Australia has provisionally suspended jumping athlete Jamie Kermond,” Equestrian Australia stated in a statement on July 21.
“The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021 both prohibit cocaine use in competition.
“While the provisional suspension is in effect, Mr. Kermond is prohibited from competing in any WADA-compliant event, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games.
Mr. Kermond now has the option to have his B-sample evaluated under the Anti-Doping Policy, according to the statement.
Kermond has been contacted by Equestrian Australia, who has given him assistance.
Meanwhile, according to News.com.au, the Australian Olympic Committee is set to make a statement on the matter on Wednesday afternoon.