18:55 GMT24 July 2021
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    MOSCOW (Sputnik) - Australian showjumper and Olympic hopeful Jamie Kermond has been temporarily suspended from the Tokyo Games after he tested positive for cocaine prohibited by Australian and world anti-doping laws, Equestrian Australia said on Wednesday.

    "Equestrian Australia has provisionally suspended Jumping athlete Jamie Kermond under the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021", the national governing body said in a statement, adding that the athlete is banned from partaking in "any WADA compliant event, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, while the provisional suspension is in place".

    Kermond returned a positive A-sample for a metabolite of cocaine — prohibited In-Competition by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021 — following a test conducted by Sport Integrity Australia on 26 June.

    The athlete now has the opportunity to have his B-sample analysed, the statement read.

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