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Canada show-jumping team disqualified from Olympics

14 January 2021

The Court of Arbitration for Sport rejected on Tuesday Nicole Walker’s appeal of her disqualification for doping violation. On November 9, 2019, Nicole Walker’s in-competition test in the 2019 Lima Pan American Games, Peru, was found to contain the banned substance benzoylecgonine, a metabolite of cocaine. Walker contested the result, saying she had inadvertently consumed the banned substance drinking coca tea, and appealed her sentence. Nicole Walker is now expected to appear before the FEI Court which will decide whether or not to impose further sanctions.

This sentence cancels the Canadian team's qualification for the Tokyo Olympic Games, obtained at the Pan-American Games. Canada will now be able to send only one jumping athlete to Tokyo to compete in the individual event. As result of Canada’s disqualification, Argentina claims the final Olympic berth from the team competition.

Caroline Montaigne. Featured photo: Sportfot.com