Bahrain's Sheikha Al Khalifa banned after doping offense
LAUSANNE, Switzerland (AP) A member of Bahrain's royal family, Sheikha Najla Bint Salman Al Khalifa, has been given a two-year ban by equestrian sport's ruling body after her horse Salahdin Du Lauragais failed a doping test Italy in last year.
The International Equestrian Federation says in a statement Friday that a sample taken at Verona San Martino Buon Albergo in July 2014 tested ''positive for the banned substance reserprine, a long-lasting tranquilizer used to sedate horses.''
The FEI said that a provisional suspension served by the rider since Sept. 29, 2014 ''has been credited against the suspension imposed.''
Al Khalifa was also fined 2,000 Swiss francs ($2,100) and will pay a further 1,000 Swiss francs toward the legal costs.
She has 30 days to appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport.