Sport Aussie swimmer Poort banned for a year

10:34  14 september  2017
10:34  14 september  2017 Source:   MSN

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Australian Olympic swimmer Jarrod Poort has been banned for 12 months for failing to make himself available for doping tests, officials said Thursday. Poort , who swam in the 1500m at the 2012 London Olympics but switched to the open water events at Rio last year , waived his right to appeal.

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Jarrod Poort has become the second Australian swimmer in three months to receive a 12 month ban for missing doping tests.© AAP Image/Dean Lewins Jarrod Poort has become the second Australian swimmer in three months to receive a 12 month ban for missing doping tests. Embarrassed Olympian Jarrod Poort has become the second Australian swimmer in three months to receive a 12-month suspension for missing doping tests.

Swimming Australia confirmed on Thursday that Rio open water competitor Poort had accepted the sanction for failing to update his location to drug testers.

Two-time Olympian Thomas Fraser-Holmes copped a 12 month ban in June for the same "Whereabouts" breach.

Fraser-Holmes has officially appealed the ban through the Court of Arbitration for Sport.

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Since January this year , Australian swimmers have been the subject of 82 tests, compared to 55 by China. Open water swimmer Jarrod Poort and Olympic butterfly silver medallist Madeline Groves are also set to fight against possible bans for missing tests.

Swimming Australia’s image has taken a hit in the last month with Fraser-Holmes one of three top Australian swimmers banned or facing bans for Open water swimmer and Rio Olympian Jarrod Poort has three strikes against his name for missing tests and is also facing two years out of the pool.

Poort won hearts with his gutsy effort in the 10km open water race at the Rio Olympics, leading the first 9km before being swamped on the final lap to finish 20th.

But the year long ban has ended any hope of Poort earning more fans at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.

His year-long suspension will officially end on September 5 next year.

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Aussie Olympian Thomas Fraser-Holmes banned by FINA for missing drug tests. Open water swimmer and Rio Olympian Jarrod Poort has three strikes against his name for missing tests is also facing two years out of the pool.

OLYMPIAN Thomas Fraser-Holmes has been handed a 12 month ban by FINA for missing three doping tests and will miss next year ’s Open water swimmer Jarrod Poort and Olympic butterfly silver medallist Madeline Groves are also set to fight against possible bans for missing tests.

The 22-year-old admitted it was a hard pill to swallow but only had himself to blame.

"At the end of the day people make mistakes and that's what I did," he said in a statement.

"It was remiss of me to neglect a management system that must be shown the full respect it deserves and it is a very embarrassing situation to now be in.

"The Whereabouts system is one of the tools that aids in keeping legitimacy in the sport that myself and so many others love and spend so much time in, and as such it needs to be treated with precision and respect.

"Facing one year ineligibility for this, from the sport and a way of life I've dedicated so much to over the past years, it has been a very tough pill to swallow, however I've chosen to accept and respect the situation.

"I am taking this in my stride, learning from it, then putting it behind me and turning the year of ineligibility into a learning tool and focusing on some of my other life aspirations."

Swimming Australia CEO Mark Anderson said it was "extremely disappointing" Poort had put himself in such a situation.

"We fully support all anti-doping policies and our athletes understand that the rules in place to ensure that all athletes must be available for testing at their designated location and time are a very important element of anti-doping policies," he said.

"It is extremely disappointing that this has not occurred as it should have.

"Whilst clearly this is a very disappointing situation for Jarrod and swimming, we need to reiterate that this is not a positive result and his ownership and acceptance of the situation is admirable."

Like Fraser-Holmes, Poort is not allowed to associate with any official Swimming Australia squad or coach during his ban.

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