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Equestrian Australia announces provisional suspension of Jamie Kermond

Wednesday, 21 July 2021

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Jamie Kermond, here with Yandoo Oaks Constellation. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Equestrian Australia has announced that Jamie Kermond has been provisionally suspended under the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021. 

A statement released by Equestrian Australia on July 21st 2021, reads: 

"Equestrian Australia has provisionally suspended Jumping athlete Jamie Kermond under the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021.

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. Cocaine is prohibited In-Competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021.

Mr Kermond is prohibited from participating in any WADA compliant event, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while the provisional suspension is in place.

Under the Anti-Doping Policy, Mr Kermond now has the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed.

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

Together with Yandoo Oaks Constellation (Conquistador x Jalisco B), Jamie Kermond was selected for the Australian team for the Olympic Games in Tokyo. There is so far no information from Equestrian Australia about which horse-and-rider combination that will be replacing Kermond and Yandoo Oaks Constellation. At the beginning of July, Australia's travelling reserve Rowan Willis decided to withdraw with the 15-year-old mare Blue Movie (Chacco-Blue x Pilot) – stating: "I have weighed up the options very carefully and consider it in the best interest of my horse Carrots not to undertake such a demanding global travel schedule when the EA have made it clear there is no tactical plan to start her."

In a statement, Kermond comments on the suspension – saying: 

"It is likely that the positive result was from a single recreational use of the drug during a social event and had no connection with my sport of equestrian."

"I am extremely upset and remorseful as to what has happened and I accept full responsibility. I am truly sorry as I have let a lot of people down including my family and teammates."

"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.″⁣


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