IOC Executive Board Ratifies Sanctions Against Olympic Equestrian Riders

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Courtney King-Dye and Myhtilus at the 2008 Olympic Games. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Courtney King-Dye and Myhtilus at the 2008 Olympic Games. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

BERLIN, Aug. 13–The International Olympic Committee Executive Board on Thursday ratified disciplinary action taken by the International Equestrian Federation against five riders connected with doping of horses at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games.

Among the riders was the USA’s Courtney King-Dye whose horse, Mythilus, tested positive for the prohibited substance Felbinac.

The FEI Tribunal that investigated the case suspended King-Dye for 30 days, disqualified her from the team and individual dressage competitions. As a result, the tribunal rules, the U.S. team which comprised King-Dye and Mythilus, Debbie McDonald and Brentina and Steffen Peters and Ravel was disqualified.

The other four riders were jumper riders: Christian Ahlmann and Coster of Germany, Bernardo Alves and Chupa Chup and Rodrigo Pessoa and Rufus of Brazil, and Denis Lynch and Lantinus 3 of Ireland.

None of the cases involved medalists.

However, a sixth case involving Tony Andre Hensen and Camiro of Norway is under appeal. The Norwegian team finished third.