Press releases 30th July 2015

FEI issues sanctions for prohibited substances in two horses

The FEI Tribunal has this week issued Final Decisions in two cases involving positive findings for Prohibited Substances in 2014. Samples taken from the horse In Situ (FEI ID FRA40513) at the 120-kilometre two-star Endurance competition at Mesaieed in Doha (QAT) on 22 February 2014, returned positive for the Banned Substance Propoxyphene, a painkiller with local anaesthetic properties.

The FEI Tribunal has imposed a 24-month suspension on the rider Ali Yousef J Y Al Kubaisi (QAT), in accordance with Article 169 of the FEI’s General Regulations and Article 10 of the FEI Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs). A Provisional Suspension, served by the athlete from 4 April 2014, has been credited against the suspension imposed.

Al Kubaisi has also been fined CHF 1,000 [€945], will contribute CHF 1,000 towards the costs of the judicial procedure and pay the costs of the B Sample analysis. He has 30 days from the date of notification (29 July 2015) to appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS). The FEI Tribunal’s Final Decision on this case can be viewed here.

The second case involved Moh’d Shafi H Al Rumaithi (UAE) and the horse Royal des Fontaines, who competed at the two-star Jumping competition in Ghantoot (UAE) from 30 October to 1 November 2014. Samples taken from the horse on 1 November 2014 returned positive for the Banned Substance Propoxyphene and its metabolite Norpropoxyphene.

The FEI Tribunal has imposed a 24-month suspension on Al Rumaithi, in accordance with Article 169 of the FEI’s General Regulations and Article 10 of the FEI EADCMRs. A Provisional Suspension, served by the athlete from 9 December 2014, has been credited against the suspension imposed. The athlete has also been fined CHF 1,000 and will contribute CHF 1,000 towards the costs of the judicial procedure. The athlete has 30 days from the date of notification (29 July 2015) to appeal this decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).

Additionally, the FEI Tribunal has imposed a 24-month suspension on the owner of Royal des Fontaines, following his admission of having administered Fustex, which contains Propoxyphene, to the horse. The owner has also been fined CHF 2,000 and will pay costs of CHF 1,000. The FEI Tribunal’s Final Decision on this case can be viewed here.

• This media release was originally published on the Fédération Equestre Internationale’s (FEI) internet site on 30 July 2015. To access the original, please click here.

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