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Equestrian Australia Suspends Olympic Team Showjumper for Banned Substance Abuse

Homebush, Australia – July 21, 2021 – Yesterday, Equestrian Australia, the governing body of equestrian sports in Australia, released a statement announcing that

Equestrian Australia has provisionally suspended Jumping athlete Jamie Kermond (AUS) 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. Cocaine is prohibited in-competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 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.”

Kermond has already issued a statement recognizing full responsibility for the positive result, apologizing to others who were affected by his actions:

“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,” 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.”

Sources: Press Release by Kirsty Pasto for Equestrian Australia / Statament by Jamie Kermond via Yandoo Park

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