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

Middle East.

Al Eid is the 2000 Sydney Olympics bronze medalist. Sharbatly

won silver at the 2010 World Equestrian Games.