The United Arab Emirates is a step closer to enshrining new measures against horse doping in law, after an advisory council approved draft legislation that outlines fines and bans for breaches.
The draft law passed by the government advisory council outlines fines ranging from Dhs20,000 ($US5400) to Dhs500,000 (US$136,100).
The proposed law covers all equestrian sports, including racing, endurance, and polo.
Bans on individuals range up to three years, with life bans possible for repeat offenders.
It is proposed that the law will supersede regulations currently governing drug use.
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the prime minister of the UAE, has already declared that the use of performance-enhancing anabolic steroids in horses in sport is a criminal offence under the UAE penal code.
Endurance racing in the UAE has been under scrutiny over doping and welfare infractions, with recent changes to the FEI’s rules governing the sport sparked by concerns centered on the Middle East.