Royal Pains- Sheik Mohammed gets 6-month ban for horse doping
He was also fined $4,200. From AP-
The International Equestrian Federation banned its president’s husband â€” Dubai’s Sheik Mohammed â€” from riding in endurance races for six months after his horse twice failed doping tests.
Sheik Mohammed accepted the suspension based on his horse Tahhan’s positive tests for a hypertension drug and the steroid stanozolol, equestrian’s governing body said Monday.
“Consistent with the FEI’s strict liability approach to anti-doping rule violations, the panel has found Sheik Mohammed responsible for the doping of his horse,” a tribunal panel said in a ruling published on the FEI’s Web site.
His ban runs through Oct. 3, and he was assessed $4,200 in fines and legal costs.
The sheik’s horse trainer, Abdullah bin Huzaim, admitted giving the horse drugs without the sheik’s knowledge before the 74.5-mile desert races at Bahrain and Dubai.
Bin Huzaim was banned for a year and fined.
Horse racing is a sport where anyone big or small can lose money by wagering. When damage is done to the sport’s integrity, the punishment has to be harsh.
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