FEI suspends UAE endurance boss

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endurance-sun-stock_2085The head of endurance at the United Arab Emirates Equestrian Federation has been provisionally suspended as an FEI official.

FEI Secretary General Sabrina Zeender has suspended Abdul Aziz Mohd Yasin Sheikh “for consistently failing to observe the FEI Rules and Regulations at a number of events from which duplicate results were submitted to the FEI”.

The suspension was made as part of the ongoing clean-up of the discipline in Group VII, in which the UAE’s equestrian federation was provisionally suspended by the FEI Bureau in March. It followed an investigation into what the world governing body characterised as major horse welfare issues and non-compliance with its rules .

That suspension has since been lifted, after the UAE federation agreed to a raft of conditions.

Sheikh’s provisional suspension, which is in accordance with Article 156.1 of the FEI General Regulations and which comes into immediate effect, is for an indefinite period.

For the duration of the suspension, he may not take part or be involved in the organisation of any FEI competitions or events, or any event under the jurisdiction of a national federation.

He has 30 days to appeal the decision to the FEI Tribunal from the date of notification, which was October 13.

He is the second UAE official to have been provisionally suspended by the FEI. The first was Dr Hallvard Sommerseth, head of the UAE federation’s veterinary department, who was handed a provisional suspension last month. Both suspensions are said to have the full support of FEI President Ingmar De Vos.

The events and duplicate results in the UAE that were used specifically for qualification purposes have now been deleted by the FEI IT Department. Any horse/rider combinations that used these duplicate results as qualification for subsequent events, and were therefore ineligible to compete, have now been disqualified.

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