UAE investigated for alleged fake endurance horse races
11 March 2015, 16:38
Lausanne, Switzerland — The International Equestrian Federation has ordered an investigation into alleged "ghost races" and faked results in endurance racing in the United Arab Emirates.
The governing body says it sent allegations against the UAE equestrian body to its integrity unit, run by former London Metropolitan Police chief John Stevens.
The claims by British newspaper The Telegraph follow widespread reports of doping and horse abuse in Middle East endurance racing.
Last month, the FEI withdrew recognition for the remaining UAE-hosted international endurance events this season.
The UAE federation has allegedly registered results with the FEI for qualifying races that were never run. That could let horses compete at a higher level beyond their ability or fitness levels.
If proven, the UAE could forfeit hosting the 2016 endurance world championships in Dubai.
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