France’s loss is Canada’s gain for Rio 2016

Hawley Bennett-Awad compete on Gin & Juice. They were the top-placed Canadian combination at WEG 2014.
Hawley Bennett-Awad competes on Gin & Juice. They were the top-placed Canadian  eventing combination at WEG in 2014.

Canada’s eventing team has qualified for the 2016 Rio Olympic Games in Brazil, following the stripping of France of its placing at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.

The FEI announced on Thursday that France had been disqualified from the eventing portion of the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, following the positive test for a controlled medication substance from Maxime Levio’s mount, Qalao des Mers.

That means the French team has been disqualified from its fourth placing, and the Canadian team, which originally finished in seventh place, moves up to sixth place, securing qualification for Rio 2016.

“It is a very proud day for Canada,” said Amie O’Shaughnessy, high performance director at Equine Canada.

“We were very pleased to receive notification that the Canadian eventing team has been awarded qualification to the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, and commend the FEI’s commitment to upholding the standards of clean sport and equine welfare.

“Congratulations to the athletes, owners, and members of the Canadian eventing team for their performance at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, which have now secured Canada’s team qualification.”

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