After having been banned 12 months for missing 3 drug tests, Australian swimmer Thomas Fraser-Holmes has now been officially cut from the Dolphins national team. Staying in Monaco set to compete at the first stop of the European Mare Nostrum series, Fraser-Holmes was excused from the team hotel before competition begins tomorrow, June 10th, while also being given directives regarding his domestic training and Swimming Australia income.
Per a report appearing in The Daily Telegraph, Swimming Australian High Performance head Wayne Lomas told Fraser-Holmes (TFH) that the athlete can ‘no longer be a part of the Australian Team or Australian Team set-up including training with Australian coaches and other swimmers.’
‘Regarding your ongoing training upon your return to Australia,’ reads an email to TFH from Lomas, obtained by The Daily Telegraph, ‘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.’
In November of last year, TFH had moved to train at Bond University to train alongside Olympian Cameron McEvoy. However, now due to his ban, Lomas instructed the 400m IM finalist can continue training at Bond, but must do so at a time completely separate from the rest of the squad.
Concerning his stipend as a member of the national team Lomas also communicated to TFH that, ‘payments from Swimming Australia must also cease.’ Lomas further conveyed, ‘I know that this must be a very difficult time for you and reiterate to you that your wellbeing is paramount to all of us as we collectively navigate the legal requirements of the Anti Doping Policies and ensure the care of you.’
Per his lawyer, Fraser-Holmes plans to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport concerning his ban. There is still no word yet on the fates of fellow Aussies Madeline Groves and Jarrod Poort, both of whom also failed to be located for 3 tests.