Aussie equestrian star banned from Olympics in drug scandal

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Jamie Kermond (pictured) sitting on his horse after an Equestrian event.
Jamie Kermond (pictured) has been suspended from the Australian Olympic team. (Getty Images)

Olympic debutant Jamie Kermond has been suspended from the Tokyo Games after a drug test found an illicit substance in his system.

The 36-year-old represented Australia in the World Equestrian Games in Germany, but has never made the Aussie Olympic squad.

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But only days out from fulfilling a dream, the showjumper allegedly tested positive for a metabolite of cocaine in a test on June 26, Equestrian Australia says.

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The 36-year-old from Victoria has been provisionally banned from the Tokyo Olympics, the organisation said in a statement on Wednesday.

Aussie Olympic athlete provisionally suspended

Kermond was expected to make his Olympic debut with the horse Yandoo Oaks Constellation in Equestrian.

Under the World Anti-Doping Policy he is unable to compete in any complaint event, which includes the Olympics, according to a statement from Equestrian Australia.

“Equestrian Australia has provisionally suspended Jumping athlete Jamie Kermond under the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021,” the governing body said in a statement.

Jamie Kermond (pictured) during competition riding Yandoo Oaks Constellation.
Jamie Kermond (pictured) competes aboard Yandoo Oaks Constellation during the second qualifier for Jumping at the FEI World Equestrian Games in 2018. (Getty Images)

"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."

Kermond now has the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed.

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