FEI Tribunal issues Consent Award in equine anti-doping case

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13 February 2023 Author: FEI

The FEI Tribunal has issued a Consent Award in an equine anti-doping case involving a Banned Substance.

In this case, the horse Meadowvale Cruise (FEI ID 106CQ68/USA), tested positive for the Banned Substance Testosterone following samples taken at the Bolivarian Games-S - Bogotá (COL), 24.06. – 05.07.2022.

The athlete, Hector Florentino Roca (FEI ID 10009161/DOM), admitted the rule violation and accepted the consequences. In its final decision the FEI Tribunal disqualified the horse from the event and imposed an eighteen-month ineligibility period on the athlete; the provisional suspension he already served shall be credited against the imposed ineligibility period. He was also fined CHF 5,000 and asked to cover the costs of the B sample, CHF 1,000.

The full Decision is available here.

Separately, the FEI has announced new adverse analytical findings (AAF) involving equine prohibited substances. The cases involve a *Banned Substance and a Controlled Medication Substance under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs).
In these two Jumping cases, the athletes have not been provisionally suspended. The horses have been provisionally suspended for two months from the date of notification.

Case 2022/BS10:
Horse: Blanch (107VD44/LTU)
Person Responsible: Nerijus Sipaila (10044738/LTU)
Event: CSIYH1*- Kunkiai (LTU), 25-28.08.2022,
Prohibited Substance(s): Morphine, Oripavine
Date of notification: 22 December 2022

Case 2022/BS04:
Horse: Cindy NSO (107XY33/LTU)
Person Responsible: Vilte Kasiulyte (10129107/LTU)
Event: CSIYH1*- Vazgaikiemis (LTU), 01-04.09.22,
Prohibited Substance(s): Morphine, Oripavine
Date of notification: 22 December 2022

Details on these cases can be found here.

Notes to Editors:
FEI Clean Sport - human athletes

The FEI is part of the collaborative worldwide movement for doping-free sport led by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The aim of this movement is to protect fair competition as well as athlete health and welfare.
WADA’s Prohibited List identifies the substances and methods prohibited in- and out-of-competition, and in particular sports. The substances and methods on the List are classified by different categories (e.g., steroids, stimulants, gene doping).
As a WADA Code Signatory, the FEI runs a testing programme for human athletes based on WADA’s List of Prohibited List of Substances and Methods and on the Code-compliant FEI Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes (ADRHA).
For further information, please consult the Clean Sport section of the FEI website here.

FEI Equine Prohibited Substances
The FEI Prohibited Substances List is divided into two sections: Controlled Medication and *Banned Substances. Controlled Medication substances are medications 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.
Information on all substances is available on the searchable FEI Equine Prohibited Substances Database.