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Dubai ruler gets ban over horse doping

THE International Equestrian Federation has banned its president's husband from riding in endurance races for six months after his horse twice failed doping tests.

Sheik Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, the ruler of Dubai and prime minister of the United Arab Emirates, accepted that his horse Tahhan tested positive for a hypertension drug and the steroid stanozolol. His ban runs through October 3, and he must pay 4,500 Swiss francs (US$4,200) in fines and legal costs. The sheik's horse trainer, Abdullah bin Huzaim, admitted giving the horse drugs without the sheik's knowledge before the 120-kilometer desert races at Bahrain and Dubai. Sheik Mohammed's wife, Princess Haya of Jordan, is president of the FEI and has campaigned to clean up equestrian's doping and medication problems. She took no part in the disciplinary process.


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