Tuesday, November 05, 2013

FEI president Princess Haya faces calls for resignation over doping and horse welfare crisis

The Telegraph
By Pippa Cuckson, in Montreux
7:54PM GMT 05 Nov 2013

Pressure grows on Princess Haya at International Equestrian Federation annual meeting over doping, horse welfare and conflict of interest in marriage to Sheikh Mohammed

Princess Haya of Jordan, the wife of Sheikh Mohammed, is expected on Wednesday to face calls to resign as president of the International Equestrian Federation (FEI) over the doping and horse welfare crisis in endurance racing.

The FEI’s three-day general assembly began on Tuesday and will confront the global outcry over the drug abuse, horse deaths and brazen rule-breaking in the Middle East which have propelled the previously little-known equestrian discipline – in which horses compete over distances of up to 100 miles a day – into notoriety.

Pressure has built on Princess Haya because the endurance stables of her husband, who is also the biggest single investor in British racing, have been at the centre of much of the controversy.

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