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Endurance Team Gold Medalist from Bahrain Tests Positive for Banned Steroid - Full Article

France set to become the next world champions if Bahrain’s stanozolol offence is confirmed, after last month’s title race in the UAE.

By: Pippa Cuckson | March 22, 2023

Bahrain appears set to lose its World Endurance Championships team gold medal to France, following a steroids positive by its 18th placed rider.

Hera Durances, ridden by Abdulrahman Mohammed Alzayed, tested positive to the banned anabolic steroid stanozolol and its metabolite 16-beta-hydroxystanozolol, following sampling during the championship last month at Butheeb in the UAE.

A positive from one horse does not automatically result in disqualification of the whole team at a FEI world championship. However, only three of Bahrain’s five riders completed so it has no drop scores to reinstate and can no longer deliver a result.

The rider and the horse’s trainer Muhammad Abbas Khalid have been provisionally suspended from March 20...

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