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Banned Saudi Olympic riders’ appeal fast tracked

Riders were banned for eight months after horses tested positive for controlled medication

Banned Saudi Olympic riders’ appeal fast tracked
Two top Saudi riders have been banned from the Olympics (AFP/Getty Images - for illustrative purposes only).

Two Saudi Arabian show
jumpers, banned from the Olympic Games after their horses tested positive for
controlled substances, will have their cases fast-tracked by the Court of Arbitration for
Sport, it has been reported.

Officials will hear Khaled
Abdulaziz Al Eid and Abdullah Waleed Sharbatly's cases on June 7 and rule on their
appeal on June 15, reported website Horsetalk.com.  

A not guilty verdict would
allow them to compete in the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

The International Equestrian
Federation banned both riders after their horses tested positive for controlled
anti-inflammatory medications in February.

Controlled medication is prohibited
during competitions but permitted for treatment outside competition.

The ban, backdated to
February, is due to expire in October. Equestrian events at the London
Olympics begin July 28.

Khaled Abdulaziz Al Eid won
a bronze medal at the 2000 Sydney Olympics and Sharbatly won silver at the 2010
World Equestrian Games.

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