IFHA Reaffirms Anti-Doping Commitment

The IFHA chairman received authority to work with relevant racing jurisdictions the anti-doping policy’s implementation.

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The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities’ (IFHA) Executive Council has unanimously reaffirmed its commitment to a stringent anti-doping policy and has authorized the IFHA chairman to directly engage with relevant racing jurisdictions to emphasize the importance of the policy’s implementation.

“The Federation’s commitment to a stringent anti-doping policy has been a core principle since the IFHA’s inception; it is in our DNA,” said IFHA Chairman Louis Romanet. “Doping undermines everything that we want to achieve relating to fair competition, integrity, the welfare of racehorses, the safety of jockeys, and the development of strong bloodlines in the Thoroughbred breed.

“In Article 6E of the IFHA International Agreement, we have articulated the substances which should not be administered to a racehorse at any time in its career and the out-of-competition testing requirements necessary to ensure fair competition, transparency welfare, safety and sound breeding,” he continued. “Looking around the world great progress has been made in implementing these requirements. And yet there are some countries in which more needs to be done.”

“I look forward to reaching out and discussing this matter with the applicable racing authorities to reinforce the importance of implementation of these elements of the International Agreement

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