The Canadian show jumping team will know its fate for the Olympic Games in Tokyo in a hearing soon to be held before the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
Nicole Walker and Equestrian Canada are contesting a sports doping suspension stemming from an incident at the Pan American Games in Lima, Peru, in 2019.
His appeal will take place before CAS on Monday and Wednesday. Walker alleges that she mistakenly consumed by ingesting a cocaine metabolite while drinking coca tea in Lima.
She obtained a hearing on December 4, 2019 before the Disciplinary Commission of Panam Sports, which erased her results in the individual and team events in Lima.
Walker thus lost his fourth place in the individual event. As a result, Canada tumbled from fourth to seventh place overall.
Canada was scheduled to finish in the top four to be part of the 20 to fight for gold at the Tokyo Olympics. And the Pan Am Games were the country’s last chance to qualify for Tokyo.
Walker’s attorney, Tim Danson, did not respond to an email from The Canadian Press.
Walker said in a statement last year that she had never used an illicit substance.
Walker failed a doping test for benzoylecgonine, the main metabolite of cocaine, on the day of the team final on August 7 in Lima.
Coca tea is considered a natural remedy for altitude sickness in Peru.
If Walker loses his case at CAS then Canada can only send one rider to Tokyo to compete in the individual event.
The Canadian team of Yann Candelé, Tiffany Foster, Eric Lamaze and Amy Millar escaped the bronze medal at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.
Lamaze, Ian Millar, Jill Henselwood and Mac Cone won silver at the Beijing Games in 2008.