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Rider suspended in prohibited substance case under FEI anti-doping rules

Tuesday, 14 November 2017

The FEI has today announced two adverse analytical findings involving prohibited substances, one involving Swiss showjumper Nadja Peter Steiner's horse Saura De Fondcombe.

The case involves the use of O-Desmethyltramadol, a metabolite of Tramadol which is a *Banned Substance under the FEI’s Equine Anti-Doping and Controlled Medication Regulations (EADCMRs).

The athlete has been provisionally suspended from the date of notification (9 November 2017) until the FEI Tribunal renders a decision. The horse has been provisionally suspended for two months. 

Horse: Saura De Fondcombe (FEI ID 103CM83/SUI)

Person Responsible: Nadja Peter Steiner (FEI ID 10006562/SUI)

Event: CSI3*-W - Tetouan (MAR) 05-08.10.2017

Prohibited Substance: O-Desmethyltramadol

Date of notification (9 November 2017)

Details on the case can be found here. Information on the substances is available on the searchable FEI Equine Prohibited Substances Database.

*The FEI’s Prohibited Substances List is divided into two sections - Controlled Medication and *Banned Substances. Controlled Medication substances are those that are regularly used to treat horses, but which must have been cleared from the horse’s system by the time of competition. Banned (doping) substances should never be found in the body of the horse.

In the case of an adverse analytical finding for a Banned Substance, the Person Responsible (PR) is automatically provisionally suspended from the date of notification. The horse is suspended for two months. In the case of a positive for a specified substance, provisional suspension is not automatic.

The FEI has also introduced the concept of Specified Substances. Specified Substances should not in any way be considered less important or less dangerous than other Prohibited Substances. Rather, they are simply substances which are more likely to have been ingested by horses for a purpose other than the enhancement of sport performance, for example, through a contaminated food substance.

Information on all prohibited substances is available on the searchable FEI Equine Prohibited Substances Database.


Source: Press release from FEI

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