05/23/2013 3:07PM

Sheikh Mohammed makes steroid use a criminal offense

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Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum has signed a decree making the use of anabolic steroids in racehorses a criminal offense in Dubai, the home of Meydan Racecourse and the Dubai World Cup.

Maktoum issued a statement on Thursday saying the decree will go into effect immediately. The decree prohibits “the import, sale, purchase, or use of anabolic steroids in horse sports” in Dubai. The drugs are currently banned for use in racing, but running afoul of the regulations is not a criminal offense.

Last month, a trainer for Maktoum’s Godolphin operation in Newmarket, England, was banned for eight years after 15 horses tested positive for anabolic steroids in out-of-competition testing conducted by the British Horseracing Authority. The trainer, Mahmood al Zarooni, has appealed the length of the ban.

Earlier this week, the British Horseracing Authority said that an additional seven horses based at Zarooni’s operation had tested positive for anabolic steroids as well.

The charges against Zarooni were embarrassing for Maktoum, who runs the most high-profile racing operation in the world.

zerosumzen More than 1 year ago
Criminal offense is a good idea. That's what we need in the US. Still, it remains a relative statement. Until we know what the penalty is.
Lise McLain More than 1 year ago
Hi! Great in making anabolic steroids a criminal offense in Dubai, and hope that the punishment is severe enough in order to prevent this abuse of the horses. The horse racing industry needs to look at cheating and the cheaters including the owners, trainers, and the vets as cheating should be eliminated in this industry. Either the horse has merit or the horse doesn't, and the horse MUST come first. Severe punishments should be installed and no ifs, ands, and buts about it. Get rid of them. Changes needs to be make in the United States, too. It is not fair to the horses, jockeys, and fans, and the betting fans. I also like that the decree is immediate. Thank you! Lise from Maine
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
What? No waiting for 2014 for this "decree" to go into effect? No discussion, no political jockeying (so sorry for the pun)? That would be unconstitutional in the U.S.
vivian More than 1 year ago
Theres all kinds of testing,but when you have criminal's into the business theres all kinds of cheating going on,testing should be done right after the race and if it has steroids in them the 2nd horse should be moved up so the people dont get screwed for their bets,after the fact its useless to the bettors then the horse is taken down and lose the purse but THE MAIN THING IS THAT THE CROOKS ALREADY HAVE THIER BET MONEY AND DONT CARE ABOUT THE PURSE MONEY,INSTANT TESTING SHOULD BE THE NORM.
leonardlefkow More than 1 year ago
It's nice when you're king--no parliament, no dissent, no appeal. Our industry needs a czar as well..
Grazyna Mianska More than 1 year ago
Very poor language used in this thread. Writer of this thread has no class.
Scott Kappler More than 1 year ago
Very poor language WAS used in this STORY. THE writer of this STORY has no class.........you couldn't even get two sentences right and your questioning the writer??!! Haha
ctgreyhound More than 1 year ago
The story's content is what's important here. Save the english lesson for another time and place.