Prohibited substance cases under FEI anti-doping rules

19 February 2020
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19 February 2020 Author: FEI

The FEI has announced new adverse analytical findings (AAF) involving equine prohibited substances. The cases involve *Banned Substances under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs).

In the following two Endurance, cases the athletes and the trainers have been provisionally suspended from the date of notification until the FEI Tribunal renders its decision. The horses have been provisionally suspended for two months from the date of notification.

Horse: Blue Diamond (FEI ID 106HE36/JOR)
Person Responsible: Fahad Alkharmani (FEI ID 10072564/KSA)
Trainer: Anas Al Saied (FEI ID 10185797/JOR)
Event: CEI2* 120 – Wadi Rum (JOR), 13-14.11.2019
Prohibited Substance(s): Diisopropylamine
Date of notification: 13 January 2020

Horse: Bouzarika (FEI ID 106RJ34/JOR)
Person Responsible: Sameh Faris Mohammad Said (FEI ID 10040466/JOR)
Trainer: Khldoon Mohd Al Sayed (10014556 /JOR)
Event: CEI1* 80 – Wadi Rum (JOR), 13-14.11.2019
Prohibited Substance(s): Strychnine
Date of notification: 13 January 2020

The trainer in the Bouzarika case, Khldoon Mohd Al Sayed, has been provisionally suspended, both in this and a second case from the same event, from the date of notification until the FEI Tribunal renders its decision.

Horse: ***N/A
Person Responsible: ***N/A
Trainer: Khldoon Mohd Al Sayed (FEI ID 10014556 /JOR)
Event: CEI1* 80 – Wadi Rum (JOR), 13-14.11.2019
Prohibited Substance(s): Strychnine
Date of notification: 13 January 2020

*** No PR/Horse Name in cases involving Minors and/or Fast Track Procedures.

In the following Jumping case, the athlete has been provisionally suspended from the date of notification until the FEI Tribunal renders its decision. The horse has been provisionally suspended for two months from the date of notification.
Horse: Gucci (FEI ID 106GE04/MEX)
Person Responsible: Jefferson Martins Maquieira (FEI ID 10027611/BRA)
Event: CSI2* - San Miguel de Allende (MEX), 03-06.10.2019
Prohibited Substance(s): Boldenone, Boldienone
Date of notification: 22 January 2020   

In the final case, the athlete has been provisionally suspended from the date of notification until the FEI Tribunal renders its decision. As the horse was sadly fatally injured at the event, the provisional suspension of the horse is not applicable.

Horse: Snowrunner (FEI ID 105JX73/THA)
Person Responsible: Preecha Khunjan (FEI ID 10089939/THA)
Event: CH-Asian-CCI2*-L - Pattaya (THA), 02-05.12.2019
Prohibited Substance(s): Desoximethasone, Isoflupredone
Date of notification: 22 January 2020         

Details on these cases can be found here.

Separately, the FEI Tribunal has issued its Final Decision in a case involving a Prohibited Substance.
A sample taken from the horse Fifty Shades (FEI ID 104ZG11/USA), ridden by Andrea Torres Guerreiro (FEI ID 10114368/COL) at the CSI4* in Tryon NC (USA), 5-10 June 2018, tested positive to the Banned Substance Boldenone and its metabolite Boldenone Sulfate. The FEI Tribunal approved the agreement reached on 17 January 2020 between the FEI and the athlete. Due to prompt admission, the standard two years ineligibility period for the athlete was reduced to 20 months, starting from the date of the sample collection on 9 June 2018 until 8 February 2020. The horse had been provisionally suspended for two months until 22 September 2018.

All the results of the athlete and the horse at the event were disqualified. In addition, all the results obtained by the athlete from 9 June 2018 until 23 July 2018, when the provisional suspension was imposed, were also disqualified. The athlete was ordered to pay a fine of CHF 3,000. Each of the parties will pay their own legal costs.

The Final Decision on this case can be found here.
The parties can appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) within 21 days of receipt of the decision.

Notes to Editors:

FEI Equine Prohibited Substances

The FEI Prohibited Substances List is divided into two sections: Controlled Medication and *Banned Substances. Controlled Medication substances are those that are regularly used to treat horses, but which must have been cleared from the horse’s system by the time of competition. Banned (doping) Substances should never be found in the body of the horse and are prohibited at all times.

In the case of an adverse analytical finding (AAF) for a Banned Substance, the Person Responsible (PR) is automatically provisionally suspended from the date of notification (with the exception of certain cases involving a Prohibited Substance which is also a **Specified Substance). The horse is provisionally suspended for two months.

**Specified Substances

The FEI introduced the concept of Specified Substances in 2016. Specified Substances should not in any way be considered less important or less dangerous than other Prohibited Substances (i.e. whether Banned or Controlled). Rather, they are simply substances which are more likely to have been ingested by horses for a purpose other than the enhancement of sport performance, for example, through a contaminated food substance. Positive cases involving Specified Substances can be handled with a greater degree of flexibility within the structure of the FEI Regulations.

Information on all substances is available on the searchable FEI Equine Prohibited Substances Database.