The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Tribunal has issued its final decision in the case involving Pasha Syed Kamaal, DVM, of India, identified as support personnel in the 2012 equine anti-doping case involving the endurance horse Glenmorgan.
Samples taken from the horse, who was ridden by HH Sheik Hazza bin Sultan bin Zayed Al Nahyan, of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), in the CEI3* 160 km at Al Wathba (UAE) on Feb. 10, 2012, returned positive for the banned substance propoxyphene, an opioid analgaesic, and its metabolite norpropoxyphene.
In its final decision, the FEI Tribunal has imposed a two-year suspension on Kamaal as a member of the support personnel, in accordance with Article 169 of the FEI General Regulations and Article 10 of the Equine Anti-Doping Rules. The period of provisional suspension, effective from Nov. 16, 2015, has been credited against the period of ineligibility, meaning Kamaal will be suspended until Nov. 15, 2017.
The tribunal also imposed a fine of CHF 2,500 and costs of CHF 1,000.
Kamaal has 30 days from the date of notification (Jan. 13) to appeal the decision to the Court of Arbitration for Sport (CAS).
The FEI Tribunal had previously imposed a 27-month suspension on HH Sheik Hazza as the person responsible. This was reduced to 18 months on appeal to the CAS, although the court upheld the FEI’s principle of strict liability in the application of its equine anti-doping rules. During the FEI Tribunal and CAS proceedings, Kamaal said he had administered the product Fustex to the horse the night before the event. Fustex contains Propoxyphene, although it is not listed as an ingredient.
Following the original case, the FEI issued a notice to stakeholders in July 2015 urging caution over the use of Fustex, an Argentinian product used to promote muscle growth. The notice stated that lack of knowledge regarding the ingredients of Fustex would not be a valid excuse in any equine anti-doping procedures.
Further details on the case can be found online.