Swimming Australia has sent Thomas Fraser-Holmes home from Monaco, where he was in town to compete in the first stop of the Mare Nostrum series, after he was officially suspended one year for missing three out-of-competition anti-doping tests.
According to a report from news.com.au, Swimming Australia high performance chief Wayne Lomas told Fraser-Holmes that the ban was effective immediately and that he would return to Australia immediately. He also asked that Fraser-Holmes check out of the team hotel as soon as possible as Swimming Australia National Team head coach Jacco Verhaeren had already withdrawn Fraser-Holmes from the competition.
The report also indicates that Fraser-Holmes is appealing his suspension but that it will take effect even while the appeals process is ongoing.
Lomas also indicated that Fraser-Holmes would be cut off financially by Swimming Australia and that he would not be allowed to resume his usual traning during the suspension.
“Regarding your ongoing training upon your return to Australia, our lawyer has advised that nothing contained within the sanction prevents you from training in a public facility, but you are not able to train under the guidance of an ASCTA Accredited Coach or Coach in any way connected to Swimming Australia through funding or membership,” Lomas wrote.
“The final advice we have received is that payments from Swimming Australia must also cease … I know that this must be a very difficult time for you and reiterate to you that your well-being is paramount to all of us as we collectively navigate the legal requirements of the Anti Doping Policies and ensure the care of you.”
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