It seems that the dark cloud over the equestrian events of the Beijing Olympics continue to gather, but surely the FEI and national equestrian bodies will be hoping it will clear soon. Yet another showjumper, the bronze medalist Tony Andre Hansen has been banned for four and one half months followng the banned substance Capsaicin was found in his horse Camiro.
The FEI tribunal however found that the case was a “Medication Class A” rather than a “Doping” substance based on its interpretation of the list of prohibited substances.
The tribunal also found that: “It is each Person Responsible’s personal duty to ensure that no Prohibited Substance is present in his or her Horse’s body during an Event. Persons Responsible are responsible for any Prohibited Substance found to be present in their Horse’s bodily Samples. Accordingly, it is not necessary that intent, fault, negligence or knowing Use on the Person Responsible’s part be demonstrated in order to establish an anti-doping rule or medication control violation.”
Both the Norewegian Team and Tony Andre Hansen have now been officially disqualified from the results of the Olympics.
Hansen has 30 days to appeal.