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Equestrian Australia Bans Its Olympic Hopeful From Tokyo Games Over Positive Cocaine Test

FILE - In this Sept. 3, 2014, file photo, Jamie Kermond of Australia, riding Quite Cassini competes during the second day of the team and individual qualifying show jumping event at the FEI World Equestrian Games in Caen, western France.
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MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Australian showjumper and Olympic hopeful Jamie Kermond has been temporarily suspended from the Tokyo Games after he tested positive for cocaine prohibited by Australian and world anti-doping laws, Equestrian Australia said on Wednesday.

"Equestrian Australia has provisionally suspended Jumping athlete Jamie Kermond under the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021", the national governing body said in a statement, adding that the athlete is banned from partaking in "any WADA compliant event, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while the provisional suspension is in place".

Kermond returned a positive A-sample for a metabolite of cocaine — prohibited In-Competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021 — following a test conducted by Sport Integrity Australia on 26 June.

The athlete now has the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed, the statement read.

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