Aachen’s Tough Anti-Doping Measures Successful

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Aachen chief Frank Kemperman. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Aachen chief Frank Kemperman. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WINDSOR, England, Aug. 28–Organizers of the World Equestrian Festival reported Friday that the strict anti-doping measures imposed this year resulted in no positive results at the 10-day CHIO.

More veterinarians than ever before were enlisted to monitor the stables and conduct testing that also included the use of thermographic cameras able to detect minute quantities of chemicals on horses’ skins.

The program was implemented following the suspension of several dressage and jumper riders whose horses tested positive for the use of prohibited substances at the 2008 Olympic Games and other events this year.

“All doping tests carried out at the World Equestrian Festival, CHIO Aachen 2009 (June 26-July 5) were negative,” reported Frank Kemperman, chairman of the Aachen-Laurensberger Rennverein e.V. (ALRV) that organizes the CHIO.

The report was made to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) at the European Jumping and Dressage Championships in Windsor.

During the CHIO, the independent testers of the Medication Control Programme (MCP) conducted 69 doping tests in 2009 compared with 28 tests in 2008.

“We are very satisfied with this result,” Kemperman said.

“It shows that our numerous measures are effective against manipulations.”