Aussie Olympic swimmer cops 12-month ban
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.
Sports lawyer Tim Fuller, who is acting for Fraser-Holmes, will immediately appeal against the world swimming body's ban to the Court Arbitration for Sport.
Mr Fuller says Fraser-Holmes, a former world No.1 200m freestyler and two-time Olympian, has a "clean" record despite missing three doping tests in 12 months.
Over a three-month period athletes must nominate an hour-long timeslot when they can be tested by FINA and ASADA drugs testers unannounced. Missing a test counts as a "strike" and three strikes within 12 months can lead to a two-year ban from sport.
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 missing drug tests.
Rio Olympic silver medallist Madeleine Groves could also face a ban after FINA claims she has missed three doping 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. Poort could not be reached for comment.
Fraser-Holmes, who is in Monaco set to compete in an international swimming series, is said to be hopeful of defeating his 12-month ban handed to him by FINA.
Groves' matter is ongoing and is yet to be heard by FINA. Groves missed her third test in San Diego in California when a FINA drug tester could not locate her on a Sunday afternoon at her accommodation.