UAE in clampdown on banned substances in horse sport

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UAE's president, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.
UAE’s president, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has brought in a federal law to tackle banned substances in equestrian sport.

The law, enacted by the president, Sheikh Khalifa Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, aims to combat the trade and use of such substances.

Trading in the banned substances is prohibited under the new law without a state-issued licence, and their use is limited to research or the treatment of horses for health reasons.

Those seeking to use the substances for horse treatment or research must first seek approval from the Emirates Racing Authority, and must meet national and international regulations and protocols.

Those found to be violating the new law face fines of Dh20,000 to Dh200,000 for a first offence. Subsequent infractions carry fines of up to Dh500,000.

Offenders also face a potential three-year ban, with establishments also facing the threat of being closed for up to three years and having their licence cancelled.

Repeat offenders may also find their results struck from their sport’s records.

The UAE cabinet has issued executive regulations under the new law, detailing procedures and implementation.

The law will apply across all local, regional and international contests or competition involving horses, including endurance, flat racing, polo and in-hand showing. The training of horses is also covered.

A clampdown on banned substances was signalled in May, 2013, by Dubai’s ruler, Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al-Maktoum, who owns the British-based Godolphin stables.

The new law is said to bring the UAE up to international standards in its control of banned substances.

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One thought on “UAE in clampdown on banned substances in horse sport

  • June 4, 2015 at 3:11 am
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    If they are really serious about this why not a lifetime ban.
    Three years is a pat on the back. Could it be about $$$$$$$$$$$.You bet.

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