Lynch Olympic horse doping hearing concludes

September 7, 2008

The judicial hearing by an FEI Tribunal regarding Irish showjumper Denis Lynch, whose horse Lantinus returned a positive result to a banned substance at the Olympic Games, concluded in Lausanne, Switzerland, yesterday.

Afterwards Denis Lynch said: "I am very happy with the way things went. I was able to put my case fully and I believe I received a fair hearing."


Lantinus and Denis Lynch
The FEI Tribunal confirmed to Denis Lynch that it will issue a provisional decision on the matter on Monday September 8. This will deal with whether Lynch's suspension will be lifted pending a full judgement on the case, which is expected by the end of September.

Denis Lynch was automatically suspended by the FEI following a positive medication test by Lantinus to the banned substance capsaicin on August 21, 2008, just before he was to take part in the individual showjumping final.

In an article in Ireland's Independent newspaper yesterday, it was revealed that the Olympic Council of Ireland's chef de mission, Dermot Henihan, has criticised Horse Sport Ireland over the handling of Lynch's case, and of the controls in place to prevent the doping of horses.

Issues included a lack of information being given to Olympic Council officials at the time of the doping result. Henihan said that more information on the case at that time was available on the internet.

Henihan also said that there had been no contact from Horse Sport Ireland on the case since August 21 to the Olympic Council. "This is not acceptable. To be left completely out of the picture regarding the positive test and the ongoing investigation is not in any way helpful," the Independent article said.