FEI Holds First Hearings on Olympic Substance Test Results

Hearings before the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) took place in Lausanne, Switzerland, this weekend in the Olympic cases of Bernardo Alves of Brazil and the horse Chupa Chup; Denis Lynch of Ireland and the horse Lantinus; and Courtney King-Dye of the United States and the horse Mythilus. The riders were in attendance accompanied by their legal counsels. The FEI was represented by members of its legal department.

In all cases, the riders and their legal teams presented evidence and made arguments before the panel. In the cases involving Bernardo Alves and Denis Lynch, both involving the prohibited substance capsaicin, the FEI tribunal issued interim decisions, which were communicated to the involved parties earlier today.

In the case of Bernardo Alves, given the accelerated judicial process thus far, the tribunal indicated that the parties are granted deadlines by which to submit and/or respond to additional statements and pleadings. The tribunal indicated that it expects to issue a final decision by Sept. 30.

At the Alves hearing on Friday, Sept. 5, the tribunal initially communicated its interim decision to lift the provisional suspension in his case on the basis of arguments raised by the rider's legal team as to the categorization of the prohibited substance and other factors, but without providing its reasoned written decision. Further to additional pleadings filed by the FEI over the weekend in which the FEI argued that the provisional suspension should be maintained in the interests of the sport, the tribunal modified its interim decision such that the provisional suspension remains in effect and the rider was notified accordingly.

In the case of Denis Lynch, the tribunal indicated a timeline that allows for additional correspondence between the parties, including deadlines for additional statements and pleadings, also with an expected decision by Sept. 30.

In the case of Courtney King-Dye, involving the prohibited substance felbinac, the tribunal indicated that it expects to issue a decision by Sept. 19.

These riders remain under provisional suspension from competition until the final decision is issued.

The interim decisions of the FEI Tribunal are available on the FEI Web site.

Hearings in the Olympic cases involving Tony Andre Hansen of Norway and the horse Camiro, Christian Ahlmann of Germany and the horse Cöster, and Rodrigo Pessoa of Brazil and the horse Rufus are scheduled for Sept. 25 and 26 in Lausanne.

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