Another Olympic jumper returns positive dope test

September 2, 2008

Rodrigo Pessoa's Rufus is the latest horse to be caught up in doping allegations at the Olympic Games.

A test carried out on the horse following the individual final revealed an A sample that tested positive for the banned substance nonivamide, part of the capsaicinoid family and classified as a prohibited substance given its hypersensitizing properties, and as a medication class A prohibited substance for its pain relieving properties.


Brazil's Rodrigo Pessoa and Rufus.

Rufus is the fourth showjumper to have returned a positive test. A US dressage horse has also tested positive.

The sample was received by the laboratory on Saturday, August 23 following the individual Jumping Final at which Rodrigo Pessoa (Brazil) and Rufus placed fifth. A preliminary hearing was held by teleconference on 28 August before a member of the FEI Tribunal and the suspension was confirmed on 29 August.

The B sample test is scheduled for today in Hong Kong.

Should the B sample confirm the findings of the A sample the process will follow the Accelerated Medication Control Procedure during and after the 2008 Olympic Games (Annex G).

Evidence and written submissions will be requested and a hearing will be held before the FEI Tribunal. However it is up to the Person Responsible whether or not they wish to exercise or waive their right to be heard. The panel will then, in light of all the evidence received, take a decision as to the applicable sanction if any.

An update will be provided by the FEI following the result of the B sample and subsequently further updates regarding the hearing and final decision.

The competition results will be amended as indicated in the Tribunal's final decision.

In terms of testing at the 2008 Olympic Games, all results have now been received, and there are no remaining cases to be reported.