26th June 2020

Settlement Agreement ends 2017 doping case

The Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) has approved a Settlement Agreement (PDF below) between Nadja Peter Steiner and the international equestrian federation (FEI), which sanctioned her after her horse reported an adverse analytical finding (AAF) in October 2017. Steiner was provisionally suspended from 9 November 2017 until 8 August 2018, and was sanctioned with a two year ban in February this year, after her horse retuned an AAF for tramadol.

Steiner was sanctioned on 24 February this year, as the FEI argued that she had failed to prove the source of tramadol. Steiner appealed to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) on 16 March, having obtained new evidence that an athlete support person had taken tramadol pills to relieve back pain, and had also relieved himself in the horse’s lorry (see right).

The Settlement Agreement outlines that the two year sanction imposed on Steiner in February this year is set aside, and that each party must bear its own legal costs and expenses. Following the conclusion of the case, Steiner has a chance to qualify for the rescheduled Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

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