Olympic Appeal Over Drugs

According to the International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI), German Olympian Ludger Beerbaum filed an appeal on Feb. 3 with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) against the decision taken by the FEI Judicial Committee. The committee disqualified Beerbaum and his horse, Goldfever 3, from the 2004 Athens Olympic Games Show Jumping competitions--competitions in which the pair helped lead the German team to a gold medal victory.

If the disqualification were upheld, it could mean that the Germans would lose the gold medal to the United States.

In early January, the FEI Judicial Committee issued its decision in the case relating to the findings of prohibited substances in Goldfever 3.

Now that the appeal has been filed with the CAS, the FEI will submit a counter statement. Both statements will be reviewed and the CAS will select a chairman of the arbitration panel, requiring the agreement of both Beerbaum and the FEI. This chairman, along with an arbitrator selected by each party, will take part in a hearing that decides the final outcome. While there is no precise time table for these situations, the FEI says that this decision-making process usually takes about two months.

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