Thursday, August 21, 2008

Showjumping: Lynch Out for Doping

Denis Lynch's horse Latinus is one of four horses sensationally banned from competing in today's Olympic showjumping competition for doping, the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) has announced.

Three other horses - from Brazil, Germany, and Norway - have also been suspended after testing positive for a prohibited substance. In its statement, the FEI said the four horses had been 'provisionally' suspended by the FEI further to doping/medication control tests that indicated the present of capsaicin in each horse.
Capsaicin is prohibited because of its hyper sensitising properties, and is also a 'medication class A' prohibited substance for its pain relieving properties.

The stunning news, which broke just hours before the individual showjumping contest, is not good news for the sport.

In Athens 2004, Cian O'Connor's individual showjumping gold medal with teh horse Waterford Crystal was later stripped from him for drug offences, while a doping scandal cost Germany the team jumping gold after the horse ridden by Ludger Beerbaum, a key member of the German team in Beijing, was disqualified after testing positive.
World No 1, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, was left off the German team for Athens after her horse tested positive, though she was later cleared.

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