Tony André Hansen
| Tony André Hansen|
Tony André Hansen
|Competitor for 22x20px Norway|
|Disqualified||2008 Beijing||Team jumping|
Beijing Olympics Controversy
However, after failing the first of two doping tests, neither Hansen or his horse, Camiro, was allowed to participate in the individual jumping competition. The International Federation for Equestrian Sports (FEI) provisionally suspended the horse after detecting the illegal substance capsaicin on its legs. If the second, or B, test was also found positive for capsaicin, Norway would likely lose the bronze medal the equestrian team won on 18 August 2008.
On 28 August it was announced that the B test was also positive. A hearing on the doping charges was held in Lausanne, Switzerland on 6 September; the FEI then had 28 days to make a decision with regards to the charges. Without new evidence to clear Hansen, he and the other members of the Norwegian Olympic equestrian team would lose the bronze medals.
As the FEI hearings began Hansen was cautiously optimistic, stating that the amounts of capsaicin found on his horse "could have entered the horse's system without any doping substance itself being used". However, on 22 December 2008, the FEI returned their verdict: Hansen was found guilty of the doping charge and he will be suspended from the sport for four and a half months. The Norwegian team was stripped of their bronze medal; the Swiss team, who placed fourth, are now the bronze medal winners. Hansen has appealed the verdict to the Court of Arbitration for Sport; their ruling is expected by May 2009.
- ↑ "Tony Andre Hansen". Beijing Olympics. Yahoo! Sports. http://sports.yahoo.com/olympics/beijing/NOR/Tony+Andre+Hansen/210873. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
- ↑ "Equestrians grab some glory". Aftenposten. 2008-08-18. http://www.aftenposten.no/english/sports/article2601326.ece. Retrieved 2008-08-18.
- ↑ "Winning Olympic horse failed doping test, medals in danger". Aftenposten. 2008-08-21. http://www.aftenposten.no/english/sports/article2608143.ece. Retrieved 2008-08-21.
- ↑ "Positive equestrian doping results confirmed". Aftenposten. 2008-08-28. http://www.aftenposten.no/english/sports/article2622935.ece. Retrieved 2008-08-28.
- ↑ "Equestrian hopes suspension will be lifted". Aftenposten. 2008-09-29. http://www.aftenposten.no/english/sports/article2681710.ece. Retrieved 2008-10-03.
- ↑ Bronze Medalist Tony Andre Hansen Was Stripped of His Bronze Medal for Doping SI.com, December 22, 2008
- ↑ Equestrian Appeals Loss of Medal SI.com, January 20, 2009