Australian rider Kermond expelled his team after testing positive for cocaine
TOKYO, July 21 (Reuters) – remorseful Jamie Kermond was kicked out of Australia’s Tokyo Olympics squad on Wednesday after the rider tested positive for cocaine.
The 36-year-old from Victoria said the positive result of his “A” sample likely came from a “single recreational use of the drug” at a social event and was unrelated to his sport, according to various Australian media.
“I am extremely upset and remorseful for what happened and accept full responsibility,” they said in a statement. “I’m really sorry because I let down a lot of people including my family and my teammates.
“I hope that one day I can be forgiven for my mistake (and be forgiven) by better actions and a continued contribution to the sport I know and love.”
Kermond was one of three riders on Australia’s nine-member equestrian team at the Games, whose opening ceremony takes place on Friday.
Australian chef de mission Ian Chesterman said his membership in the Tokyo 2020 Australian Olympic team was terminated because his conduct violated a number of clauses.
Equestrian Australia said Kermond was banned from participating in any WADA-compliant event, referring to the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Wednesday’s suspension was provisional and followed a test carried out on June 26 by Sport Integrity Australia. Kermond could demand analysis of his “B” sample, Equestrian Australia said.
“Equestrian Australia has spoken to Mr Kermond and will be offered support services,” he added.
Report by Sudipto Ganguly; Editing by Himani Sarkar and John Stonestreet $
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