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August 17, 2017

Olympic champion Guerdat cleared in horse doping case


LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) — The International Equestrian Federation has cleared Olympic jumping champion Steve Guerdat to compete after lifting a provisional suspension in a horse doping case.

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The FEI says Guerdat and his legal team presented evidence at a preliminary hearing “which suggests the likelihood of food contamination.”

Guerdat had been provisionally suspended for two months. Two of his horses, including his Olympic partner Nino des Buissonnets, tested positive for morphine, a controlled medication, and two banned substances at a competition in May.

He is now free to compete for Switzerland at the European Championships on Aug. 11-23 at Aachen, Germany.

The FEI says a final decision on the merits of Guerdat’s case will be made at a later date.

Guerdat’s horses remain suspended from competition for two months, the FEI says.

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