Norwegian Olympian's Appeal to Swiss Supreme Court Rejected

The Swiss Supreme Court has rejected an appeal filed by Tony Andre Hansen from Norway against his disqualification from show jumping the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing. The Supreme Court has ordered Hansen to pay costs of $4,809.42 USD and legal fees to the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) of $5,771.31 USD.

Hansen's horse Camiro tested positive for the prohibited substance capsaicin during the 2008 Olympic equestrian events in Hong Kong and the rider was provisionally suspended on Aug. 21, 2008. A three-member panel of the FEI Tribunal heard the case and issued its final decision on Dec. 22, 2008. Hansen was suspended for 135 days, from Aug. 21, 2008, to Jan. 2, 2009, and was also disqualified from all placings with Camiro at the 2008 Olympic Games.

Hansen had appealed the FEI Tribunal decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS), based in Lausanne, Switzerland. On Dec. 4, 2009, the CAS dismissed the appeal and upheld the final decision of the FEI Tribunal.

Hansen subsequently appealed the CAS decision to the Swiss Supreme Court, but that appeal was rejected in the Court's decision of July 30, 2010. The FEI was notified of the decision today. There is no appeal against a decision of the Supreme Court.

As a result of the legal procedure, the Norwegian team has been stripped of the show jumping team bronze medal, which will be awarded to the Swiss team that originally finished in fourth place at the 2008 Olympic Games.

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