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France stripped of Olympic equestrian's team eventing berth

Sentinel Digital DeskBy : Sentinel Digital Desk

  |  25 April 2015 12:00 AM GMT

Paris, April 24: The French eventing team has been stripped of the 2016 Olympics qualification spot after a positive dope test at last summer’s World Equestrian Games, the Intertiol Equestrian Federation (FEI) Tribul said. French team member Maxime Livio’s horse Qalao des Mers tested positive for “a controlled medication substance” banned in competition at last August’s World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

The FEI Tribul thus disqualified Livio and Qalao des Mers from the 2014 World Equestrian Games, fifth in individual rankings as well as the French team which finished fourth to secure qualification for the Rio Games, resulting in the loss of its Olympic qualifying slot.

“Samples taken on 29 August 2014 from the horse Qalao des Mers returned positive for Hydroxyethylpromazine sulfoxide, a metabolite of the sedative Acepromazine,” an FEI statement said on Thursday.

On the FEI prohibited substances list, Acepromazine is a controlled medication substance which is regularly used to treat horses but are not allowed in competition in order to maintain a level-playing field. IANS

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