Update on Status of Olympic Substance Test Hearings

The hearings for the six riders suspended for positive substance tests at the 2008 Olympic Games have begun, but the Tribunal of the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) has not yet reached a decision in five of the cases.

According to an FEI statement, the current status of these cases is as follows:

CHUPA CHUP ridden by Bernardo Alves (Brazil): The hearing took place Sept. 5; no additional hearing will take place. The Tribunal has indicated that the decision would be issued shortly. An appeal against the provisional suspension imposed by the FEI had been lodged with the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The appeal has been dismissed and the suspension has consequently been upheld.

LANTINUS 3 ridden by Dennis Lynch (Ireland): The hearing was held Sept. 6. A conference call in which additional evidence was to be presented was initially requested by both parties. This option has now been declined and the Tribunal has indicated that the decision will be issued shortly. Similarly to the Chupa Chup case, an appeal against the provisional suspension imposed by the FEI had been lodged with the CAS. The appeal has been dismissed and the suspension has consequently been upheld.

RUFUS ridden by Rodrigo Pessoa (Brazil): The hearing was held Sept. 25. Final pleadings were filed on Sept. 29. The Tribunal has indicated that the decision will be issued shortly.

CAMIRO ridden by Toni Andre Hansen (Norway): During the hearing, held Sept. 26, the parties requested time for additional witness statements and additional submissions and briefs. Should a second hearing or conference call be required, it will likely be held Oct. 25 or 26. The Tribunal has indicated that it anticipates the decision will be issued shortly afterwards.

COSTER ridden by Christian Ahlmann (Germany): During the hearing, held Sept. 26, the parties requested time for additional witness statements and additional submissions and briefs. Should a second hearing or conference call be required, it will likely be scheduled around Oct. 13. The Tribunal has indicated that it anticipates the decision will be issued shortly afterwards.

The Tribunal has already reached a decision in the case against U.S. dressage rider Courtney King-Dye, whose horse had tested positive for felbinac. King-Dye was declared disqualified, as was the U.S. team. The Tribunal imposed a one month suspension on King-Dye, which commenced on the date of the provisional suspension and ended Sept. 21. Read more about the decision in this case. 

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