Cocaine and disqualification... Turmoil among the Australians before Tokyo

23 July 2021Author : Eléonore Magnien

Earlier this week, Equestrian Australia announced the suspension of Jamie Kermond due to a positive cocaine test on June 26, 2021. This decision resulted in a ban from all events under the authority of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA), including the Tokyo Olympic Games, for which he had been selected with Yandoo Oaks Constellation (Conquistador). The rider admitted to using the drug "for recreational purposes at a social event that was not related to the practice of horseback riding". Angry and remorseful, Jamie fully accepted responsibility for the situation, which was not without consequences for the rest of his teammates.

Since reserve rider Rowan Willis had withdrawn a few days earlier and it was already too late to enter a new combination into quarantine, Australia was no longer able to send a team to Japan. However, the two remaining riders, Edwina Tops-Alexander and Katie Laurie will be able to compete individually. This is a relief for Chef d'équipe Ian Chesterman: "We have been waiting anxiously for confirmation of their participation. Edwina and Katie have both worked extremely hard to earn their place on the Australian team, and we are delighted to give them the opportunity to fulfill their Olympic ambitions in Tokyo." This will be Katie's second appearance at the Games after competing in Beijing in 2008, and Edwina's fourth.

AuthorEléonore Magnien