Hong Kong Jockey Club Official: Ban Steroids For Training

by | 04.28.2013 | 9:41am

Winfried Engelbrecht-Bresges, CEO of the Hong Kong Jockey Club, urged leaders in the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities to ban steroid use for training, referencing the recent scandal surrounding Godolphin trainer Mahmood Al Zarooni.

Al Zarooni claimed that he did not know giving steroids to his horses was a violation of British regulations, since steroid use for training is permitted in some jurisdictions around the world.

Should rules be drawn up by the IFHA banning steroid use for training, countries which do not comply could face sanctions, according to Engelbrecht-Bresges, who is a vice chairman and member of the federation's executive council.

“It is a real concern,” he said, according to a report by The Blood-Horse. “The recent doping case has significantly hurt the image of racing…this is a fundamental issue that will hurt the integrity and branding of the sport.”

Read more at The Blood-Horse

  • And he is correct. Clearly other countries understand – and do something to insure – racing’s image should be above reproach.

  • Richard C

    The increasingly silent power brokers better stop wearing blinkers and speak in one voice for reform – now – before the industry slides on the slippery slope and crashes into the pockmarked land of pro rasslin’ sports-entertainment.

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