Chronicle Covers FEI Equestrian Doping Debate

The Chronicle chimes in on the performance enhancers scandal at the FEI with this article.  The article doesn’t break any incredible news, but is a good summary of the situation and is definitely worth a read.  The author does a great job of explaining some of the other new rules and procedures established in Denmark, including: 

“an independent integrity unit, tighter stable security and access, ‘professionalization’ of officials and veterinarians to reduce vested interests and education programs. National federations will be expected to bring their domestic medication controls in line with the FEI’s and testing laboratories will be harmonized round the world.  New sanctions start with a minimum two-year ban for actual doping offences. Lesser offences can be dealt with for first-timers with an on-the-spot fine. A confidential hotline will allow people with concerns about suspected offenders to help intelligence-led investigations, which may include out-of-competition testing. Sample-testing will also be more transparent.”  

These are some very good steps, and it is unfortunate that they are overshadowed by the awful way the FEI handled the banned substances list vote, whatever your opinion about the outcome of the vote. 
Also, check out Horse and Hound’s recap of the FEI awards.  I need to remember to thank Horse and Hound sometime for doing a great job covering the entire FEI conference.  They are our main source for European eventing news, and we are happy to work with them.  Go eventing.

Related Eventing Nation articles: European Boycott of WEGs?Letter to Princess Haya, Petition to FEI, Horse Racing Won’t Follow FEI, Chronicle Covers Doping Debate, My Take, *FEI Approves ButeFEI Considers Bute 

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