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FEI Tribunal issues Final Decisions on two Controlled Medication cases at Tryon 2018

15 Mar 2019
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15 Mar 2019 Author: ONI

The FEI Tribunal has issued its Final Decisions on the two Controlled Medication cases in the Endurance discipline at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 (11-23 September). 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.

The cases involve the horse Mora Inocente (FEI ID 103TG88/ARG), ridden by Pablo De Los Heros (FEI ID 10017972/ARG), which tested positive to Dexamethasone, and the horse El Pangue Ciromagnum (FEI ID 104AV29/CHI), ridden by Raimundo Undurraga Mujica (FEI ID 10063169/CHI), which tested positive to Triamcinolone Acetonide.

The FEI Tribunal accepted agreements between the FEI and the two athletes reached on 21 February 2019. The athletes were suspended for two months, starting on the date of the FEI Tribunal’s approval of the agreement in its Final Decisions on 28 February 2019. The athletes were also each fined CHF 1,500. Each of the parties will pay their own legal costs.

The athletes have 21 days to appeal the decisions to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS) from the date of notification of the Final Decisions.

The FEI Tribunal’s decisions can be found here.

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.

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

**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.