OLYMPIAN Thomas Fraser-Holmes has been handed a 12 month ban by FINA for missing three doping tests and will miss next year’s Commonwealth Games. A shattered Thomas Fraser-Holmes will plead his case to the Court of Arbitration for Sport as he tries to salvage an appearance at the Commonwealth Games next April after being ousted from swimming for 12 months.
The dual-Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist was hit with a 12-month ban on Wednesday night when he fronted a FINA doping panel after missing three drug tests in the space of a year.
His third strike was the most costly 10 minutes of his career when he missed FINA testing agents after a dinner at his mother’s house on the Gold Coast. He was notified of the breach weeks later by email.
The 25-year-old Thomas Fraser was with the Dolphins in Europe for a training camp and a series of races ahead of the FINA World Championships in Hungary but will now be sent home by Swimming Australia.
Athletes use the Whereabouts app to provide testers with an hourly window each day where they are available to provide doping samples. Fraser-Holmes missed the previous two appointments after the Rio Olympics, during which time he was searching for a new coach.
Thomas Fraser’s lawyer, Tim Fuller, said Fraser-Holmes had told the tribunal that he had returned more than 200 clean tests throughout his career and had tried to update his Whereabouts the moment he realised he had missed his scheduled window.
Australian swimmers have been on notice yet still managed to miss tests. Open water swimmer Jarrod Poort and Olympic butterfly silver medallist Madeline Groves are also set to fight against possible bans for missing tests.
Poort has yet to go public with his reasoning while Groves has vowed to fight the allegations, saying she was at the scheduled time and place for what amounted to a third strike but FINA testers failed to locate her at her US university.
Swimming Australia was waiting for an official FINA statement on the Thomas Fraser-Holmes suspension before making comment. Groves was also in Europe with the swimming team and will remain there until her case becomes clearer.
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