On May 9, officials from the Fédération Equestre International announced the composition of an ethics panel formed to assess and further investigate practices among members of the German equestrian team. This is the FEI’s response to media reports of illegal doping coming to light, including admissions by Marco Kutscher, a German show jumper, and Björn Nolting, the former team veterinarian.
The panel will be chaired by former Metropolitan Police Commissioner Lord Stevens (GBR). David O’Connor (USA), Olympic champion and president of the United States Equestrian Federation, Ken Lalo (ISR), chairman of the FEI Tribunal, and John Roche, FEI Director of Jumping, will act as members.
“I am privileged to have been asked to chair the FEI Ethics Panel for what is such a sensitive and important matter and to assist the organization in its efforts to ensure the integrity of sport and horse welfare,” said Stevens.
The objective of the ethics panel will be to thoroughly investigate this evidence and the surrounding circumstances and make recommendations to the president as to further action.