Australia will no longer have a show jumping team at the Tokyo Olympic Games. Jamie Kermond, who was selected with Yandoo Oaks Constellation, was removed from the team Wednesday after testing positive for a metabolite of cocaine last month. The team’s nominated traveling reserve withdrew before traveling to Tokyo, meaning Australia now has only two athletes and cannot put forward a team.
“Mr. Kermond is prohibited from participating in any WADA-compliant event, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while the provisional suspension is in place,” read a statement put out by Equestrian Australia.
Kermond was suspended provisionally after a drug test conducted June 26 by Sport Integrity Australia returned a positive A-sample for a metabolite of cocaine. Cocaine use in competition is prohibited by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021.
Although Kermond still has the option to have his B-sample analyzed, he released a statement acknowledging he used the drug:
“It is likely that the positive result was from a single recreational use of the drug at a social event and had no connection with my sport of equestrian,” Kermond said in a statement, as reported in The Guardian.
“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.”
Meanwhile, the team has no traveling reserve to replace Kermond.
Rowan Willis was selected as the traveling reserve aboard Blue Movie, but on July 8 he announced on social media that he had withdrawn from the team.
“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,” Willis wrote.
The Olympic show jumping competition begins Aug. 3 with the individual qualifier.
With no additional reserves named for show jumping, Australia does not have enough athletes to field a team in Tokyo. Katie Laurie (Casebrooke Lomond) and Edwina Tops-Alexander (Identity Vitseroel) may still be able to compete as individuals.