Saudi riders can compete at London Olympics

Saudi riders can compete at London Olympics

Published Jun. 11, 2012 12:18 p.m. ET

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.