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TOKYO, July 21 (Reuters) - A remorseful Jamie Kermond was booted off Australia’s Tokyo Olympics team on Wednesday, after the showjumper tested positive for cocaine.
The 36-year-old from Victoria said his positive “A” sample result was likely from a “single recreational use of the drug” during a social event and had no connection with his sport, according to various Australian media outlets.
“I am extremely upset and remorseful as to what has happened and I accept full responsibility,” they quoted him as saying in a statement. “I am truly sorry as I have let a lot of people down including my family and team mates.
“Hopefully one day I can be forgiven for my mistake (and make) amends through better actions and continued contribution to the sport I know and love.”
Kermond was one of three showjumpers in Australia’s nine-member equestrian team at the Games, whose opening cereomony takes place on Friday.
Australia’s Chef de Mission Ian Chesterman said his membership of the Tokyo 2020 Australian Olympic Team has been terminated as his conduct was found to have breached a number of clauses.
Equestrian Australia said Kermond was prohibited from participating in any WADA-compliant event, referring to the World Anti-Doping Agency.
Wednesday’s suspension was provisional and followed a test conducted on June 26 by Sport Integrity Australia. Kermond could demand an analysis of his “B” sample, Equestrian Australia said.
“Equestrian Australia has spoken with Mr Kermond and support services will be offered to him,” it added. (Reporting by Sudipto Ganguly; Editing by Himani Sarkar and John Stonestreet$)