Team medals for the FEI European Eventing Championships in Strzegom (POL) have been reallocated following a positive controlled medication case in Germany’s silver medal winning team.
As a result, Sweden will be promoted to team silver, and the bronze medal will be reallocated to the Italians, who finished fourth at the Championships. Great Britain, which took team gold, is unaffected by the redistribution of the medals.
German team member Julia Krajewski’s horse Samourai du Thot tested positive to Firocoxib, a *controlled medication (not a banned substance) under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs).
The athlete was given the option of accepting an Administrative Sanction (Fast Track) or requesting a hearing before the FEI Tribunal. Following confirmatory analysis on the B sample, which also proved positive for Firocoxib, the athlete last week chose to accept the Administrative Sanction, which means automatic disqualification, a fine of 1,500 CHF and costs of 2,000 CHF to include testing of the B sample, but no suspension.
The disqualification of Samourai du Thot’s result means that the German team drops to 10th in the overall rankings from Strzegom. Updated results from the Championships are available here.
The Swedish and Italian National Federations have both been informed today of the reallocation of the medals and will advise the FEI where they would like the medal presentations to be made.
*The FEI’s 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.