Sydney - Australian Olympic swimmer Thomas Fraser-Homes has
been banned for 12 months for missing three doping tests, putting his place at
next year's Commonwealth Games in jeopardy, his lawyer said on Thursday.
World governing body FINA's doping panel handed down its
punishment on Wednesday, with the 2014 Commonwealth Games freestyle gold
medallist to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
His lawyer Tim Fuller said the appeal would be based on the
grounds that equipment used to log his whereabouts was faulty.
"Tom has been dealing with a faulty system that WADA
(World Anti-Doping Agency) put into place and that contributed significantly to
his second breach," Fuller told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
"Tom tried to log on his whereabouts over a number of
Athletes are required to keep authorities informed about
their whereabouts so they can be tested unannounced.
Fuller said Fraser-Holmes, a former world number one 200m
freestyler and two-time Olympian, did everything possible to comply with the
"(He) took all reasonable steps to log his whereabouts
but was unable to due to a technical fault," he said. "Yet FINA has
still found him to be negligent in this area of compliance."
Commonwealth Games Australia chief executive Craig Phillips
said the ruling could affect Australia's team for the event at the Gold Coast
from April 4-15.
"We are disappointed, but I think the disappointment
has to be much stronger for Tom, his family and his supporters," he told
The ban will not affect the upcoming world championships as
Fraser-Holmes opted out of qualifying to focus on the Commonwealths.
Australia's Rio Olympic silver medallist Madeleine Groves
could also face a ban after FINA claims she missed three doping tests.