Thomas Fraser-Holmes Receives 12-Month Ban For Missed Doping Tests

Two-time Australian Olympian Thomas Fraser-Holmes has been handed a hefty 12-month ban by FINA for three missed doping tests, the Daily Telegraph reports. The ban will cause him to miss next year’s Commonwealth Games taking place in his home country.

Sports lawyer Tim Fuller will act for Fraser-Holmes and plans to appeal FINA’s ban immediately to the Court Arbitration for Sport. Fuller says, despite the missed tests, Fraser-Holmes has a ‘clean’ record.

Over a three-month period athletes must provide an hour-long time-slot when they can be tested by FINA and ASADA drugs testers unannounced. Missing a test counts as one strike, and three strikes within 12 months can lead to a two-year ban from sport.

Fraser-Holmes isn’t the only Australian to be guilty of missed tests, as last month it was reported he and two others were in hot water. 2016 Olympic silver medalist Madeline Groves and open water Olympian Jarrod Poort are also facing potential bans for allegedly missing three tests over a 12-month period as well.

Fraser-Holmes, who is currently in Monaco preparing to compete on the Mare Nostrum Tour, is said to be hopeful of getting the ban overturned.

This will have no impact on Australia’s World Championship roster, as Fraser-Holmes opted out of the Aussie Trials in April in hopes of setting himself up for the Commonwealth Games in 2018 and the Olympics in 2020.

In the case of Groves, her case is ongoing and has yet to be heard by FINA. Fuller, who is also representing Groves, is seeking dismissal of her potential ban.

Along with being a two-time Olympian, Fraser-Holmes has also represented Australia at the last three LC World Championships, winning bronze in the 4×200 free relay in 2015. He also has three Pan Pacific and five Commonwealth Games medals to his name.

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4 years ago

But his mom

4 years ago

Good. Minimum he deserves. If Chinese we’d say it’s lenient.

Reply to  FightingIrish
4 years ago

If Russia we’d say it’s because of money

Reply to  ellie
4 years ago

Mmmmmm – a world of difference actually. What we are talking about are singular athletes not being in a location at an appointed hour three times within a single year – not a state sanctioned doping programme (Russia) which has lead to that nation’s ban in many Olympic sports OR a swimming federation (China) with a deplorable record in doping its swimmers (remember the 90’s) and only releasing state controlled statements of abuses long after the failed tests and miserably short bans.

Scott Morgan
Reply to  FightingIrish
4 years ago

Fighting Irish, I agree with minimum sentence as well. However, are you claiming racism? If I remember right, Sun Yang only served three months (in secret) with an actual positive test.

Aussie crawl
Reply to  FightingIrish
4 years ago

Are you for real ??

4 years ago

Not that he uses drugs, but he only has himself to blame!

Reply to  gregor
4 years ago

But he avoids testers….

4 years ago

I admire a lot aussies swimmers, but it’s really disappointing reading these news.
Too many swimmers (and also famous names) missing doping tests or with unclear results.
Too easy thinking that doping is a problem only for China or Russia; doping is a problem worldwide

4 years ago

All of the top-level sports are involved.

Arnold Stevens
4 years ago

If you’re Australian or any other country for that matter you receive a 12 month – 3 year ban for missing tests. If you’re Brazilian, Chinese or Russian and get tested positive for a known steroid or blocker you receive 3 months. That really makes sense. Well done FINA. Dropping the ball
Yet again

Reply to  Arnold Stevens
4 years ago

While I agree about this ban it’s actually sad that it’s easier to get away from a long suspension if you test positive for something minor than if you miss tests.

Ned Jr
4 years ago

Well you reap what you sow. Aus has held the bar high and must accept responsibility for this. What is going on in the administration? Why are they checking what their charges are up to? It appears that too many are thinking they are above the swamp. Well this shows that you are not and you need to get your act together. A lot of the culture stems from the top perhaps this is advice from the President of Australian Swimming on how to behave.
Might be time for another clean out?

Reply to  Ned Jr
4 years ago

Whilst I would be all in favour of a clean-out of the likes of Sailor Boy from the SAL administration; these issues begin and end with the swimmers themselves. These are not first year rookies on the national team but rather are grown adults and experienced internationals with at least 1 full Olympic cycle behind them.

They are educated on what they need to do; its ludicrous to suggest that they have to have baby-sitters appointed to them. TFH knew he was on 2 strikes, one would have thought he would’ve known that he had to dot his I’s and cross his T’s and make sure he was covering himself …. no matter how inconvenient.

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Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

Cannot agree more!!!

Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

BTW, CW what’s your opinion about Michael Diamond’s story?

Reply to  commonwombat
4 years ago

Said much more succinctly than I could. Swimming is an individual sport, and athletes are responsible for keeping their Whereabouts updated.

Not sure if it has been mentioned here yet, but apparently the sanction for Tommy Fraser-Holmes is effective from Thursday, and is not backdated to the third missed test. According to FINA statistics, Tommy Fraser-Holmes was tested in March, so by deduction the third strike happened before then.

Maybe SAL could impose additional sanctions if swimmers miss tests as a further incentive for swimmers to remember to update their Whereabouts information. Believe athletes already get fined if they miss a test.

Tom from Chicago
4 years ago

I think 3 chances is pretty fair. Come on TFH, top level swimmers need to be tested.

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James Sutherland

James swam five years at Laurentian University in Sudbury, Ontario, specializing in the 200 free, back and IM. He finished up his collegiate swimming career in 2018, graduating with a bachelor's degree in economics. In 2019 he completed his graduate degree in sports journalism. Prior to going to Laurentian, James swam …

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