FEI Issues Decisions on Endurance Prohibited Substance Cases

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has issued its final decisions on three cases involving endurance horses competing at Doha, Mesaieed, Qatar.

The three horses tested positive to diisopropylamine, a vasodilator used in the treatment of peripheral and cerebral vascular disorders, which is a banned substance under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations.

The three athletes (listed below) have each been suspended for a period of two years, effective from Feb. 8, 2017. The FEI Tribunal also imposed a fine of 2,000 CHF and contribution of 1,000 CHF towards legal costs on each of the athletes.

In addition, the trainer of all three horses, Waleed Said Khalfan Al Saa’di (QAT), has been suspended for a period of 30 months, effective from Feb. 9, 2017. The FEI Tribunal also imposed a fine of 3,000 CHF and contribution of 1,500 CHF towards legal costs.

The affected horses and riders are:

  • Horse: Tarifa (QAT)
    Person Responsible: Matter Said Khalfan Al Saadi (OMA)
    Event: CEI1*80 Doha, Mesaieed (QAT), Jan. 01, 2017
    Prohibited Substance: Diisopropylamine
    Support Personnel: Waleed Said Khalfan Al Saa’di (QAT)
     
  • Horse: R S Nube Blanca (ARG/QAT)
    Person Responsible: Gaje Singh Hari Singh (IND)
    Event: CEI2*120 Doha, Mesaieed (QAT) Nov. 19, 2016
    Prohibited Substance: Diisopropylamine
    Support Personnel: Waleed Said Khalfan Al Saa’di (QAT)
     
  • Horse: Aqua Vela (QAT)
    Person Responsible: Maryam Ahmad S A Al Boinin (QAT)
    Event: CEIYJ1*90 Doha, Mesaieed (QAT) Nov. 19, 2016
    Prohibited Substance: Diisopropylamine
    Support Personnel: Waleed Said Khalfan Al Saa’di (QAT)

The three athletes and the trainer have 21 days to appeal these decisions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) from the date of notification (Sept. 21). Further details on the FEI Tribunal decisions are available online

The FEI has also announced an adverse analytical finding involving the sedative clomethiazole, a banned substance on the FEI’s Prohibited Substances List.

The affected horse:

  • Horse: Adventure E (USA)
    Person Responsible: Colin Syquia (PHI)
    Event: SEA Games-S – Kuang Rawang (MAS) Aug. 25–28, 2017
    Prohibited substance: Clomethiazole

The athlete has been provisionally suspended from the date of notification (Sept. 21). Additionally, the horse has been provisionally suspended for two months. Further details are available online

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