The FEI Tribunal has today ratified agreements in three human anti-doping cases between the athletes and the FEI, global governing body for equestrian sport.
The three U.S. athletes, who were tested at the Ocala-Reddick CCI in Florida (USA) last November, were provisionally suspended from December 21, 2017, the date of notification of their adverse analytical findings under the FEI Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes (ADRHA).
Samples taken from the athletes - Alyssa Phillips (FEI ID 10047498), Hannah Burnett (FEI ID 10007210) and Jennie Brannigan (FEI ID: 10013055) – all returned positive for Amfetamine. In addition, Alyssa Phillips’ sample contained Canrenone, and the sample taken from Jennie Brannigan also included Methylphenidate and Ritalinic Acid.
Under the terms of the settlements, a one-year period of ineligibility will be imposed on the athletes from the date of sample collection, November 18, 2017. The athletes will each pay a fine of CHF 1,500, and their results from the competition will be disqualified. Each of the parties will bear their own legal costs.
Additionally, the athletes are required to support the FEI in its anti-doping campaign and to actively engage in athlete education, including providing testimonials for FEI education material. And the athletes must complete an anti-doping education course within one year of the FEI Tribunal’s final decision.
“All three athletes were able to prove no significant fault or negligence and the circumstances of the cases show that none of them had the intention to dope,” FEI Legal Director Mikael Rentsch said. “In light of this, and the fact that the athletes have subsequently been granted Therapeutic Use Exemptions for these medications, the parties agreed that the period of ineligibility should be reduced to 12 months, and the FEI Tribunal has approved that.”
In accordance with the WADA Code, the FEI has notified WADA and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) of the FEI Tribunal decisions.
The full decisions are available here.
The FEI is part of the collaborative worldwide movement for doping-free sport led by the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). The aim of this movement is to protect fair competition as well as athlete health and welfare.
WADA’s Prohibited List identifies the substances and methods prohibited in- and out-of-competition, and in particular sports. The substances and methods on the List are classified by different categories (e.g., steroids, stimulants, gene doping).
The List comes into effect on 1 January of each year.
As a WADA Code Signatory, the FEI runs a testing program for human athletes based on WADA’s List of Prohibited List of Substances and Methods and on the Code-compliant FEI Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes (ADRHA).
For further information, please consult the Clean Sport section of the FEI website here.
Upon registering with the FEI as an athlete, U.S. athletes receive an email letter from U.S. Equestrian (USEF) with information regarding Clean Sport. Beginning in 2018, these same letters are sent when athletes register or renew an FEI horse passport. Athletes are reminded to read the information they receive when registering with the FEI through USEF, and to take careful note of all communications regarding Clean Sport.
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