Saudi riders can compete at London Olympics
Two members of Saudi Arabia’s Olympic equestrian team can
compete at the London Games after the Court of Arbitration for
Sport reduced their bans for breaking anti-doping rules.
CAS says Khaled Abdulaziz Al Eid and Abdullah Waleed Sharbatly
were guilty of offenses of ”minor importance” and cut their
suspensions from eight to two months.
The riders, who have been provisionally suspended since
February, can compete again immediately.
They appealed the eight-month bans imposed by the International
Equestrian Federation after their horses tested positive for
controlled anti-inflammatory medications at competitions in the
Al Eid is the 2000 Sydney Olympics bronze medalist. Sharbatly
won silver at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.