Horse doping: FEI investigates German equestrian team

May 5, 2009


Marco Kutscher

Alleged doping practices among the German equestrian team are being investigated by the FEI, following recent media reports of admissions by showjumper Marco Kutscher and former team veterinarian Bjorn Nolting.

The FEI says its high-level Presidential ethics panel will assess and further investigate the information it had received, "supplemented with recent media reports".

"The formation of this panel is in line with the FEI's ongoing and comprehensive efforts on ensuring clean sport and horse welfare. It is an exceptional measure which reflects the potential involvement of representatives of a National Federation in behavior that could constitute violations of the FEI drug rules.

"The objective of the ethics panel will be to thoroughly investigate this evidence and the surrounding circumstances and make recommendations to the President as to further action," the FEI said.

The makeup of the panel will be announced shortly.