Prohibited substance cases under FEI human anti-doping rules

Media updates
09 January 2020 Author: FEI

The FEI has announced adverse analytical findings involving two members of the Qatari Jumping team which booked one of the two Tokyo 2020 team quota slots at the designated Olympic Jumping Qualifier for Group F (Africa & Middle East) in Rabat (MAR) in October 2019.

Samples taken on 13 October from the Qatari Jumping athletes Sheikh Ali Al Thani (FEI ID: 10024194), and Bassem Mohammed (FEI ID: 10082635) tested positive for Carboxy-THC, a metabolite of Cannabis, which is a prohibited substance under the FEI’s Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes (ADRHA).

The athletes have not been provisionally suspended, as Carboxy-THC is a *Specified Substance banned in competition under the 2019 World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) Prohibited List.

Details on these cases can be found here.

In order to maintain the integrity of the ongoing legal process, the FEI will not comment further on these cases at this time.

Notes to Editors:

Tokyo 2020 Olympic quota places were available to the two best ranked teams from Group F (Africa & Middle East) at the  Group F FEI designated Qualification Event in Rabat (MAR), 10-13 October 2019, excluding the teams already qualified. The two teams that earned qualification in Rabat were Egypt and Qatar.

* Specified Substances should not in any way be considered less important or less dangerous than other doping substances. Rather, they are simply substances which are more likely to have been consumed by an Athlete for a purpose other than the enhancement of sport performance. Positive cases involving Specified Substances can be handled with a greater degree of flexibility within the structure of the FEI Regulations.