Australian Olympic swimmer to contest 12-month FINA ban for missing drug test

Source: Xinhua| 2017-06-09 15:44:11|Editor: Song Lifang
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CANBERRA, June 9 (Xinhua) -- Australian Olympic swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes will appeal a 12-month International Swimming Federation (FINA) ban which would see him miss the 2018 Commonwealth Games, Swimming Australia confirmed on Friday.

On Wednesday, FINA announced that Fraser-Holmes would be banned from competition for 12 months after he missed three out-of-competition drug tests, while fellow swimmer and Olympic silver medallist Madeline Groves is yet to face a hearing for the same charge. Open water swimmer Jarrod Poort is also under investigation.

In a statement released on Friday, Swimming Australia confirmed that Fraser-Holmes would appeal the decision.

"Swimming Australia is aware that the FINA Doping Panel have conducted a hearing regarding Thomas Fraser-Holmes' alleged breaches and have announced a sanction of 12 months," the statement said.

"We have been informed that Thomas Fraser-Holmes will be appealing the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport, as is his right," the statement added.

Meanwhile Fraser-Holmes' lawyer, Tim Fuller told News Corp the swimmer had "never breached" the rules before, and had even attempted to reschedule one of the tests when he was asked to fly to Canberra to try out a new coach.

The lawyer said that the swimmer had attempted to log onto the online anti-doping computer program to reschedule the tests, adding that Fraser-Holmes was "upset" that the FINA representatives did not accept his explanation, considering the swimmer tried to log for five straight days with no success.

"He's pretty upset," Fuller said, "He's competed clean all of his life and never been in breach of the rules before."