Three Olympians remain suspended for horse doping

September 9, 2008

Three of the riders whose horses tested positive to banned substances at the Olympic Games remain under provisional suspension from international competition after an FEI Tribunal hearing.

The tribunal hearing in Lausanne, Switzerland, took place at the weekend over the cases of Bernardo Alves (Brazil) and Chupa Chup; Denis Lynch (Ireland) and Lantinus; and Courtney King-Dye (USA) and Mythilus.


Lantinus and Denis Lynch
The riders were in attendance accompanied by their legal counsels. The FEI was represented by members of its Legal Department. In all cases, the riders and their legal team presented evidence and made arguments before the panel. In the cases involving Bernardo Alves and Denis Lynch, both involving the prohibited substance capsaicin, the FEI Tribunal issued interim decisions.

At the Alves hearing on Friday, the Tribunal initially decided to lift the provisional suspension on the basis of arguments raised by Alves's legal team as to the categorization of the prohibited substance and other factors. But after the FEI argued that the provisional suspension should be maintained in the interests of the sport, the Tribunal modified its interim decision such that the provisional suspension is to remain in effect.

The Tribunal indicated that it expects to issue a final decision on both the Alves and Lynch cases by 30 September. A decision on Courtney King-Dye, involving the prohibited substance Felbinac, is expected by 19 September.

Hearings in the Olympic cases involving Tony Andre Hansen (NOR) and the horse Camiro, Christian Ahlmann (GER) and the horse Coster, and Rodrigo Pessoa (BRA) and the horse Rufus are scheduled for 25 and 26 September in Lausanne.