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The Australian Olympic team has been shaken by the temporary suspension of a star after returning a positive result for cocaine to its system.
Emerging Wednesday morning, equestrian debutant Jamie Kermond had returned a positive A sample for a cocaine metabolite.
He reportedly did not travel with the rest of the team when they flew to Tokyo on Tuesday night.
The test was conducted in late June.
The Australian Olympic Committee (AOC) said in a statement that it would address the issue “later today”.
Equestrian Australia issued a statement confirming the news.
“Equestrian Australia has temporarily suspended jump athlete Jamie Kermond under the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021,” the governing body said.
“The mandatory interim suspension notice states that Kermond returned a positive A sample for a cocaine metabolite following a test conducted by Sport Integrity Australia on 26 June 2021.
“The World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the Australian National Anti-Doping Policy 2021 ban cocaine during competition.
“Mr Kermond is prohibited from participating in any WADA-compliant event, including the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, as long as the interim suspension is maintained.”
Mysterious scenes begin like the Olympic Games of Tokyo
The Australian softball team has participated in the first official event of the Tokyo Olympics in a deflated scene.
The Australian team will face host country Japan in an event designed to carry the local Olympic spirit a few days before Friday’s opening ceremony.
However, the haunting scenes of an empty stadium and the false noise emission of people made the world’s largest athletic event have a less-than-impressive start.
The AP news agency reported that there were only 50 people looking at the back of the rostrum: team staff members and media representatives. The softball stadium has a capacity of 30,000.
Strict coronavirus measures surrounding the Olympics will also cause the 68,000-seat Tokyo Olympic Stadium to be deserted during Friday’s opening ceremony.
Some commentators called the scenes “sad.”
Police track down Ugandan athlete fleeing
A Ugandan athlete who disappeared in Japan last week has been found by police.
The alternator was the first athlete to test positive after arriving in Japan.
After traveling to Osaka, where the Ugandan team was finishing its pre-Olympic training camp, the athlete, now identified as 20-year-old Julius Ssekitoleko, disappeared after failing in the final selection of the Olympic team.
He was scheduled to fly home on Tuesday, but disappeared, but was unable to attend the scheduled Covid-19 test.
According to the New York Times, he left a note saying he wanted to work in Japan.
Police eventually located him 100 miles from Osaka, in Yokkaichi.
Plans to send him home are not over.
Paralympic “heartbroken” is removed after the personal caregiver is closed
Paralympic Becca Meyers has been forced to retire from the US team as a result of her mother’s denial of entry to the Tokyo Games (also her personal caregiver).
The swimmer is deaf and blind.
The three-time gold medalist she sent Friday morning, had a broken heart for having to make the decision to retire as a form of protest against the treatment of Paralympic athletes.
Meyers said the U.S. Olympic and Paralympic Committee rejected his request and said the U.S. Paralympic swimming team will only have one caregiver appointed to care for the entire 34-person squad, including nine swimmers who are blind.
The Tokyo uprising is a $ 4 billion disaster
The fury surrounding Japan’s holding of the Olympics in the wake of a pandemic has sparked a last-minute revolt by some of the world’s largest companies.
With polls earlier this year showing that only 20% of Tokyo residents wanted the Games to go ahead, companies are withdrawing their support a few days after the opening ceremony on Friday night.
Brewing giant Asahi, electronics company Fujitsu and telecommunications provider NTT previously said they would not send top executives to the Games.
Panasonic on Friday morning announced it was doing the same.
Major sponsor Toyota, the world’s largest vehicle maker, also rejected plans to conduct an Olympics-linked brand campaign in Japan, as a senior official said the Games had no “understanding” of the Games. public.
Corporate sponsorship for the Tokyo Games is reportedly worth $ 4 billion.
The total cost of the Games is estimated to cost Japanese taxpayers $ 20 billion.
Feet of beach volleyball that burns the sand
There are predictions that we could see the hottest Olympics in history after temperatures soared to 34 ° C this Tuesday.
The sand was so hot in the beach volleyball stadium that the athletes could not train without burning their feet.
Staff at the Tokyo Shiokaze Park Arena near the famous Rainbow Bridge had to unload the sand.
Fears of the weather, which is also expected to be around 70% humidity, have already seen organizers move the marathon and run 800km north of Tokyo to the much cooler Sapporo.
When Tokyo last held the Olympic Games in 1964, the Games were held in October to avoid the summer heat.
The South African coach fears the Eriksen incident
South Africa’s Olympic football coach fears his players’ health could be at risk after being forced to isolate himself at the Tokyo Games, citing Christian Eriksen’s traumatic ordeal at Euro 2020.
The team began its inaugural match against disordered Japan on Thursday after two players and a video analyst tested positive for the coronavirus after arriving at the Olympic Village.
On Monday, twenty-one members of the team’s group were named close contacts, forcing them to miss two workouts while secluded in their rooms.
Coach David Notoane fears a lack of time to acclimate to the warm, boiling Tokyo that could put his players at risk.
He pointed to the example of Denmark midfielder Eriksen, who collapsed at the European Championships last month after suffering a cardiac arrest before being resuscitated.
“You saw what happened at Euro 2020 when Denmark played,” Notoane said on Tuesday.
“You can only wait and pray for players to be out of activity for a long time since we got here. We don’t experience something like that.”
“We may not have acclimatized enough to these conditions as we would have liked,” he added.