TOKYO, July 21 (Reuters) – Australian equestrian athlete Jamie Kermond has been provisionally suspended from the Tokyo Olympics after his A pattern examined positive for cocaine, Equestrian Australia mentioned on Wednesday.

The take a look at was carried out by Sport Integrity Australia on June 26, 2021 and Kermond can now demand an evaluation of his B pattern, the game’s governing physique in Australia mentioned in an announcement.

“Kermond is prohibited from participating in any WADA compliant event, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while the provisional suspension is in place,” Equestrian Australia mentioned in an announcement, referring to the World Anti-Doping Agency.

“Equestrian Australia has spoken with Mr Kermond and support services will be offered to him.”

The 36-year-old was one in every of three showjumpers in Australia’s nine-member equestrian staff on the Games, which begin on Friday.

The Australian Olympic Committee mentioned it has been made conscious of Kermond’s provisional suspension and its Olympic staff choice committee will contemplate the problem afterward Wednesday.

Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; Editing by Himani Sarkar

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