FEI Tribunal Issues Decisions in UAE Endurance Cases

FEI Tribunal Issues Decisions in UAE Endurance Cases

Photo: Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI)

The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has this week published decisions in three Endurance cases in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) involving Hallvard Sommerseth, DVM; Abdul Aziz Sheikh; and Ali Mohammed Al Muhairi.

Sommerseth, former head of the United Arab Emirates Equestrian Federation (EEF) Veterinary Department, has been suspended as an FEI official for a two-year period for noncompliance with FEI Rules and Regulations and for his involvement in a number of events from which duplicate results were submitted to the FEI.

The FEI Tribunal found that Sommerseth had been “grossly negligent with regards to his duties as an FEI Official” during the events. Sommerseth had been provisionally suspended by FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez since Aug. 31, 2015.

The FEI Tribunal suspension, which prevents Sommerseth from acting as an FEI Official or having any involvement in FEI activities at a national or international level, runs until April 15, 2017. The FEI Tribunal, which also fined Sommerseth CHF 4,000 and ordered him to pay CHF 1,500 towards the costs of the legal procedure, took into account the ongoing provisional suspension imposed by Ibáñez and the period from March 12 to July 27, 2015, when the EEF was suspended.

Sommerseth has 21 days from the date of notification (March 10) to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

The full decision is available online

Additionally, Sheikh, former head of the EEF Endurance Department, has been suspended from acting as an FEI Official or having any involvement in FEI activities at a national or international level by the FEI Tribunal for an 18-month period.

Sheikh was provisionally suspended by the FEI Secretary General on Oct. 13, 2015, for consistently failing to observe the FEI Rules and Regulations over a period of several years and for allowing a number of endurance events to proceed without accurate timing systems.

The FEI Tribunal has now suspended him until April 12, 2017, taking into account the provisional suspension imposed by Ibáñez. Sheikh has also been fined CHF 3,000 and ordered to pay CHF 1,500 towards the costs of the legal procedure.

Sheikh has 21 days from the date of notification (March 10) to appeal the decision to CAS.

The full decision is available online

Finally, the tribunal has also issued a decision in the case against Al Muhairi regarding breaches of the terms of a four-year suspension imposed in March 2012 following an equine anti-doping rules violation. Under the terms of the suspension, Al Muhairi was not allowed to participate in any capacity or be present at any event authorized or organized by the FEI, other than as a spectator. The FEI Tribunal extended the period of ineligibility through to April 21, 2016, and ordered Al Muhairi to contribute CHF 500 towards the costs of the legal procedure.

Al Muhairi has 21 days from the date of notification (March 10) to appeal the decision to CAS.

The full decision is available online

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