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FEI Slaps American Eventers with 12-mo Doping Ban

Three American Eventers Banned

The FEI Tribunal has approved settlement agreements leading to a 12-month anti-doping ban for three American eventers.

Samples pulled from the U.S.A.’s Alyssa Phillips, Hannah Burnett, and Jennie Brannigan at the Ocala-Reddick CCI in Florida last November were positive for Amfetamine. The World Anti-Doping Agency’s (WADA) has the stimulant listed as a prohibited substance. Therefore, Amfetamine is prohibited in competition.

Brannigan’s test also showed the presence of Methylphenidate and Ritalinic Acid. Similarly, Phillips’ sample also contained Canrenone.

The women were prescribed medications containing the active substances. Although, they did not take the necessary steps to fill out the correct paperwork prior to the competition.

“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.

The Fédération Équestre Internationale (FEI) provisionally suspended the three on December 21, 2017, under the FEI Anti-Doping Rules for Human Athletes (ADRHA). That is when the athletes learned about the allegations.

Therapeutic Use Exemption Application

Did you know that doctors diagnose more than 3 million cases a year of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in the United States?

For equestrians competing on the international stage, their medications require a  Therapeutic Use Exemption Application. These may include prescriptions to treat ADHD, depression, asthma, and neurological disorders.



Anti-doping Settlement Terms

The settlement between the FEI, the global governing body for equestrian sport, and the athletes means they agreed to the following terms. The athletes’ ban ends November 18, 2018. Each athlete must pay a $1500 fine and all parties bear their own legal costs.

The riders’ competition results from the CCI are invalid.

The athletes agree to support the FEI in its anti-doping campaign. They must also complete an educational course on the subject.

When intentional, athletes can face up to a four-year FEI-doping ban.

The FEI notified the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) and the United States Anti-Doping Agency (USADA) of the FEI Tribunal decisions.