Sheikh Mohammed opens an investigation on his own horses

  April 7, 2009 at 2:10 pm by

During routine post-competition last week, two of Sheikh Mohammed’s horses, one which was ridden by the Sheikh, tested positive to banned substances during competition.

A statement issued last night on behalf HH Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Bin Rashid Al Maktoum said the ruler of Dubai had offered the “highest level of cooperation to the International Equestrian Federation (FEI)”.

The statement also said that: “His highness immediately requested his representative contact the FEI and advise them of this information in order that they may correct the placings as Sheikh Mohammed considers his results null and void.” While Sheikh Mohammed stressed he was “completely unaware and utterly condemning of the administration of these substances”, the news is likely to have caused embarrassment in the royal household. Sheikh Mohammed has started his own internal investigation into the dopings and imposed a competition ban on himself” which has not yet been requested by the FEI. He has also volunteered his acceptance that he is legally the “person responsible” for the horses.

Sheikh Mohammed’s wife Princess Haya, is president of the FEI, an organisation which has been very publicly been trying to clamp down on doping in horse sport.

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